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Fox5DC is reporting that Kaiser Permanente in Largo, Maryland has exposed 23 patients to HIV, hepatitis C and other infections after failing to properly sterilize equipment.  According to a statement released by Kaiser “a piece of endoscopy equipment at our Largo Medical Center had a defect that might have kept it from being thoroughly disinfected.”

Kaiser has contacted 23 patients and asked them to return, but seems to be casting blame on a product “defect,” and eschewing full responsibility.

Kaiser doesn’t seem to understand that these patients now have tremendous concern due to the hospital’s failures.  The patient’s did not ask for this, and Kaiser should do more than simply blame the product at this point.

We will continue to monitor this situation and hope these patients have the best possible outcome.