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Kansas colonoscopy patients urged to get blood tests

(AP) — A southeast Kansas hospital is asking 244 patients who received colonoscopies since early January to get tested for communicable Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 7.15.11 PMdiseases because its equipment wasn’t properly cleaned and disinfected.

Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute says the risk that anyone was infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV is extremely low — but not zero — so it is encouraging its colonoscopy patients to get tested for those diseases.

The hospital says the endoscope used for colonoscopies wasn’t properly flushed according to the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions because a water channel in the device was not being used.

It says the scopes were immersed in a sterilizing agent before being used on each new patient, so the chance that any diseases will be transmitted through the equipment is very low.

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