Canadian hospital says improperly cleaned endoscope affected 104 patients: 4 takeaways

Prince Rupert Regional Hospital, of Canada, admitted to using an improperly cleaned endoscope from April until the end of June 2016 at five different ear, nose and throat clinics affecting 104 patients, CBC News reports

Here's what you should know.

1. The hospital sent a letter to the affected patients in the middle of August.

2. Northern Health, the medical system Prince Rupert is part of, said the affected patients should not worry because the endoscope was still being cleaned. It was just with the wrong solution.

3. Northern Health has admitted to using improperly cleaned medical instruments in the past.

Between 2012 and 2014, 10,000 patients in Prince George Regional Hospital underwent procedures with improperly cleaned gastrointestinal endoscopes.

4. Chief Medical Officer Ronald Chapman, MD, stressed the incidents were isolated occurrences.

The hospital has standards and procedures in place that are followed, but Dr. Chapman admitted that mistakes do happen.

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