Alberta Health Services has notified over 500 patients about a possible infection exposure following an instrument cleaning issue at the Fairview Health Complex between Nov. 4, 2013, and Jan. 30, 2019.
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Alberta Health Services has notified over 500 patients about possible infection exposure following an instrument cleaning issue in Fairview, Alta.The individuals underwent intestinal endoscopy procedures at the Fairview Health Complex between Nov. 4, 2013, and Jan. 30, 2019. Patients are now at a “low risk of exposure to blood-borne infections,” AHS stated.“Alberta Health Services (AHS) became aware of this issue on Jan. 30, 2019, during a review of medical device cleaning and disinfection, and immediately suspended all endoscopy procedures,” the organization stated in a press release. “Through investigation, AHS confirmed cleaning of a small internal portion of the complex endoscope did not meet AHS’ standards of excellence in medical device reprocessing (MDR).”Standard follow-up testing is being offered for all individuals who may have been exposed potentially during the 2013-2019 time frame. The risk of infection is low but the 507 patients are being advised to be tested. Instructions for simple blood testing to rule out infection will be provided.AHS has not confirmed any cases of illness associated with the cleaning error. The issue has been address and there is no ongoing risk to patients, AHS reported. No further details will be provided relating to the patients in order to protect privacy and confidentiality.