POSTED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 9:09pm
More than 2 dozen patients of a Washington State medical center have been notified that they may have been infected with HIV due to properly sterilized medical equipment. Alison Morrow reports.
(KING) Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington continues to investigate why staff did not properly sterilize a piece of ultrasound equipment, potentially compromising the health of 27 patients.
The unsterilized equipment was used between September 19 and December 10.
"I was so enraged. I was like, 'Oh my God,'" one patient said.
He spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive topic and how it might affect his job.
After a recent visit to the hospital, he received a phone call and letter notifying him that equipment used during the surgical procedure may put him at risk for infectious disease.
Immediately, he returned to Swedish Medical Center for a blood test to check for HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
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