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Miami VA hospital shuffle after 79 veterans not alerted

MIAMI (AP) - The Veterans Administration Hospital director in
Miami has been temporarily reassigned after officials found that 79
colonoscopy patients weren't told they may have been exposed to
dirty equipment.

Dr. Robert Jesse, the VA principal deputy undersecretary for
health, said in a telephone conference call Tuesday the 74 patients
should have been included when about 2,400 former Miami VA patients
were notified in March 2009 to get tests for HIV, hepatitis and
other infections.

Jesse called it an "inexcusable situation" that led to reassigning hospital director Mary Berrocal.

Similar equipment problems at VA facilities in Tennessee and
Georgia involved 7,500 patients.

About 50 patients from the three sites tested positive for infections last year, including eight cases of HIV.

The source of the infections isn't known.


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