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More Medical Mistakes at VA Clinics

May 17, 2009
Associated Press

Federal officials have been warning thousands of former patients they might have been exposed to infection at three Veterans Affairs facilities, yet other VA patients are not being warned about less serious mistakes with the same equipment at more than a dozen other VA centers.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' chief patient safety officer declined to identify those facilities. Doctor Jim Bagian said those instances did not involve an infection risk. More than 10,400 former patients have been getting follow-up blood tests because of VA mistakes with equipment used in colonoscopies at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Miami and at the agency's Augusta ear, nose and throat clinic.

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