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Health Agencies Update
October 28, 2009

Veterans’ Care

JAMA. 2009;302(16):1743. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1533

Nearly all Veterans Health Administration facilities demonstrated proper cleaning of endoscopic equipment and documented that all relevant staff had been properly trained on such disinfection during a series of unannounced visits to 129 such facilities in August by officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General.

During a similar set of surprise inspections at a sample of 42 VA medical centers in May, fewer than half of the facilities were following appropriate protocols for cleaning endoscopic equipment and for documenting staff training (http://www.va.gov/oig/54/reports/VAOIG-09-01784-146.pdf). The August inspections included all facilities that perform colonoscopy that were not previously inspected, as well as those that failed the May inspection (http://www.va.gov/oig/54/reports/VAOIG-09-02848-218.pdf).

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