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Dirty instruments lead to investigation of Seattle Hospital

ABC News, January 24, 2014
A Seattle hospital is under investigation after hospital officials revealed that more than 100 patients were put at risk of infection because medical instruments were cleaned improperly. A breakdown in training resulted in instruments used during colonoscopies being improperly cleaned, hospital officials said. Scopes used during colonoscopies were found to have been cleaned improperly last November, according to a hospital statement. Technicians used improper cleaning techniques on the scopes between July 2011 and November 2013, hospital officials said. As a result the hospital has started notifying 106 patients who were at risk of infection as a result of undergoing a colonoscopy during that time.