San Diego Colonoscopy Clinic contamination

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   Posted 6/15/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I just caught the tail end of a story about 2 hospitals not sterilizing the colonoscopy tools enough and cross contaminating patients. I know that a number of members here are from the San Diego area and may want to look more into it for their own safety. Not trying to panic anyone but I know I would want to know if it happened in my area. I hope no one here has had a scope there. The names of the affected hospitals are Palomar Health Center and its sister hospital at Pomerado. They are claiming that the threat level is low but you should be tested if you have had a scope there recently. If you google the story there is more information.

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   Posted 6/15/2010 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
These independent, free standing, outpatient surgical centers are getting scarey. Recent reports have been appearing about cleanliness and sterility of staff and instruments. The absolute catastrophic centers in Las Vegas reusing needles, the VA fiasco ......
My computer says I need to upgrade my brain to be compatible with its new software.

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   Posted 6/15/2010 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
It happens in a lot of places, even hospitals, though many places try to have at least two scopes on hand. One gets flushed and sterilized while the other is in use.

I'm always the first scope of the day, no exceptions.

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   Posted 6/15/2010 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the info. i guess now i am glad i dont go to either of those hospitals.

just another reason why i always schedule my scopes first thing in the morning.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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