• Hundreds of patients warned of possible risk from improperly cleaned equipment

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    NEW CASTLE, Pa. - Patients who recently underwent procedures that involved an ultrasound wand at UPMC Jameson have been notified about possible health risks from unclean equipment.

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    In a statement to Channel 11, hospital officials said the wands used in internal prostate and OB-GYN exams were not being properly cleaned.

    The hospital called the risks "extremely low" but offered all of the 211 patients that may be affected free precautionary testing.

    Thursday afternoon, Channel 11 spoke to an attorney who is working on a class action lawsuit against the hospital. Tune in to 11 at 11 for a full report.


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    Full statement from UPMC:

    An internal quality assurance review at UPMC Jameson found that the proper cleaning process was not documented and followed for some ultrasound probes used in internal prostate, obstetrical and gynecological exams. Any related health risks are extremely low.

    Corrective measures were immediately implemented. A report was filed with the Department of Health, and we have notified The Joint Commission.

    In an abundance of caution, we have contacted all potentially affected patients with additional information, offering free precautionary blood and urine testing to ensure patient safety. 

    UPMC Jameson is committed to providing high-quality care in the safest environment possible. We apologize for the concern and inconvenience this matter has caused our patients and their families.


     

     

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