N.B. hospital used unsterilized biopsy forceps for 14 years
Health officials in New Brunswick are urging
nearly 2,500 patients to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV after discovering that unsterilized biopsy forceps were used at a hospital clinic for 14 years.
The problem at a colposcopy clinic at the Miramichi Regional Hospital began in May 1999 and was detected on May 24 of this year, the province’s Horizon Health Network said Wednesday.
McGarry said the problem began when the clinic started reusing biopsy forceps without sterilizing them in order to handle a growing patient load. While all of the biopsy forceps were sterilized at the end of every day, during the day some forceps were only cleaned and disinfected before being reused, he said.