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Report: Cochran VA hasn't solved dental sterilization issues

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A new federal report says the Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis continues to have problems with sterilization in its dental clinic.
   
The report comes two years after the hospital notified more than 1,800 veterans that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis or other viruses because of unclean conditions in the dental clinic.
   
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/HprAfB ) that investigators from the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General visited the hospital again in January.
   
Investigators found such problems as surgical implants not being sterilized for the required 48 hours, medical supply rooms not always kept at correct humidity levels, and improper recording of test results for potential contamination on sterilizing machines.
   
A Cochran spokeswoman says no veteran has been harmed by care received at the hospital.
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   Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com
 

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