BREAKING: VA Infects 600 VETERANS With THIS Deadly Disease, Here’s What We Know…

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Almost 600 veterans who received care at a VA facility in Wisconsin may have been infected with several types of disease due to “lapses in established infection control procedures.”

In other words, they screwed up big time by violating infectious disease control protocol.

The Tomah VA says it’s in the process of notifying 592 veterans that they may be infected with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV after they received care from one particular dental provider, according to WEAU.

Acting Medical Center Director Victoria Brahm said the dentist was using his own equipment, then cleaning it and reusing it, which violates the VA’s regulations.

The Tomah facility’s rules require them to use sterile and disposable equipment.

It came to light when someone filling in for his assistant noticed what was going on and reported it.

That dentist has been removed from patient care and is now working in an administrative role.

The VA also referred the case to the inspector general for assessment of any criminal charges.

“It was purposeful that he was violating VA regulations,” Brahm said. “During all of the orientation, he used all of our equipment. He used it appropriately, so it was very purposeful from what we found in our investigation that he knew exactly what he was doing, and preferred to use his own equipment against procedure.”

The VA is offering free screenings to those veterans and will provide free medical treatment to those who test positive for an infection.

Of course, the news is very alarming to a lot of people, especially veterans in Western Wisconsin.

Army vet Jan Gross says he uses many of the services offered through the Tomah VA. While his experience has been good, he has seen others become frustrated with the medical center. Gross says that the level of care provided to vets at the Tomah VA isn’t where it should be. He said he is concerned the clinic isn’t keeping enough seasoned staff around to provide the best care.

“I don’t think they are paying them enough to keep good support staff and keep the main stay help for the VA so we suffer. People get frustrated, I see guys sick and tired of just waiting that they just walk out and don’t come back,” Gross said.

This isn’t the first time the Tomah VA has come under fire for its medical practices. In recent years, the center has been under investigations on allegations doctors there over prescribe prescription painkillers to patients.

The VA is calling and mailing 592 veterans it says may be affected. If affected veterans test positive, the VA will provide the necessary care and treatment at no cost. The center calls the screenings precautionary, saying there is no indication that any patients have contracted an infection.

Veterans can ask questions by calling (888) 598-7793.

The center also has a designated follow-up testing site in Building 400, Room #1054 on the Tomah VA campus. It’s open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

The site will be open until Dec. 22 and will be closed on holidays.

Please pass this information around- you could help save a life.

(h/t Federalist Papers)

God Bless.



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