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Columbia County Medical Center In Hot Water

State of Georgia officials are taking a look at a local medical center. Workers there may not have followed proper cleaning procedures, which may have placed hundreds of patients in danger. WJBF News Channel 6’s Fraendy Clervaud has the story.

By Fraendy Clervaud
WJBF News Channel 6 Reporter
Published: March 4, 2009

Evans, GA—Leslie Force: “I kept reading it, and I was like, how could this happen? I hope I don’t have any of those diseases.“

Leslie Force is just one of the nearly 1,300 patients of Evans Surgery Center who has received this letter. Force and others spent the day inside Labcorp. The letter tells patients to get tested for a number of diseases because of concerns over the sterilization process of endoscopes.

Gerda Haas: “I think it’s a great idea they have, too, because I’m afraid they will have some lawsuits, otherwise.”

A review revealed that one step during sterilization was completed in less than five minutes. The manufacturer of the scope recommends at least a full five-minute-cleaning time. So, to be on the safe side, the center sent certified letters telling patients to get blood work, that would test for Hepatitis B, C, and HIV.

Gerda Haas: “So, when I looked at it, I was saying, ‘what in the world is going on?‘ It just made me angry that something like that can happen.”

These tests are only for patients who had gastro-intestinal procedures done between September 2007 to February 2009. The center released this statement, saying “the risk of disease transmission is near zero since active disinfectant was used.“ The statement also goes on to say, that so far, they “are not aware of any infections.“

Leslie Force: “It upset me pretty bad you know.“

The center is paying for all those patients to get tested for free at a local blood lab and result should be in within a week.