Healthcare Sacre - Colonscopy

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   Posted 3/6/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, have you heard about the recent health sacre at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada where some 40,000 patients may be at risk for hepatitis C or the AIDS virus, due to reused syringes and vials for four years?  see below:
I want to have a colonscopy this year.  But the thought that an used syringe is applied during the anaesthesia procedure of a colon exam is deterring!  Hep C and HIV can be both deadly and there is no cure for either of them.
What is your thought on this? How do you find a good endoscopy center where they only use disposable syringes and needles???

Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.

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   Posted 3/6/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I think this was a rare happening and not something you should worry about. I think most hospitals and clinics use disposable syringes and needles. JMHO
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 3/6/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I think like everything else, there are always going to be people out to scam the system and make some extra money.  This time it just hits close to home for those of us who have to have colonoscopies more frequently than the rest of the population.


CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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