Improperly sterilized equipment may have infected 27 Seattle patients
Seattle, WA (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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