VA clinic may have exposed veterans to hepatitis, HIV

More than 500 veterans in Ohio are being contacted by a clinic where they may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV during routine dental work, according to Ohio Veterans Affairs communications officer Todd Sledge.

The Dayton, Ohio, VA clinic is contacting 535 veterans who received treatment during an 18-year period from a dentist who admitted to not washing his hands or changing gloves between patients. There are 100 to 130 additional patient records still to review, according to Sledge.

“We’re taking a very aggressive approach and a well-planned intervention to make sure that we’re contacting these folks,” Sledge said…

Individuals sought by the center are known to have been treated directly by the clinician between January 1, 1992, and July 28, 2010, according to a release by the medical center.

The center is offering free tests to those involved and the clinic will provide all necessary care and treatment without charge should a veteran test positive for the viruses, Sledge said.

While Sledge said the testing stemmed from “invasive procedures … done by one single clinician,” He did not identify that clinician and he did not release specifics about the clinician’s health…

Last year the clinic closed for a month for “re-education on infection control standards” for the staff, Sledge said.

That’s a polite way to say, “you lazy SOB’s have been putting our patients in danger!”

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