Contaminated endoscopes found in New Zealand hospital :
This article was originally published in Clinica
A New Zealand health authority has recalled over 1,300 gastroenterology patients to test for infection after a routine check at Christchurch Hospital revealed that potentially contaminated endoscopes had been used over a period of several months. An inquiry found that technical and staffing failures such as inadequate training and faulty autoscope cleaning equipment could have led to the contamination according to a report in the August 14 issue of The Lancet.. The patients will be screened for HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and results will not be available for another six months when repeat blood tests are carried out.