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Improperly cleaned endoscope used in Prince Rupert

Northern Health reports an improperly disinfected endoscope was used in a Prince Rupert clinic.

The endoscope was used to look into patient’s nose and ears from April to the end of June.

Dr. Ronald Chapman is with Northern Health and says the health authority jumped to action once they realized the error at the end of July.

Dr. Chapman says the risk to patients contracting anything is so low that they’re not recommending any follow-up precautions.

But he does encourage people to have a follow-up examination with their family doctor if they have concerns.

Dr. Chapman says it was human error that led to the wrong disinfectant being used, and that they’ll use this incident to ensure proper training and procedures in place.

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  1. I was one of the 104 patients that came into contact with the unclean endoscope. How accurate would the test be? Someone contacted Hep C a few years ago. I was told by another reliable source that two years ago he was also examined with an unclean endoscope. This appears to be an ongoing problem. Why would it take almost two months to contact me? The public is told to wash their hands entering and leaving hospital, but its ok to shove an unclean endoscope down your throat?? 104 People!!!!!! Would it be “low risk” if it happened to the powers that be?

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