Wisconsin VA Dentist Exposes 600 Veterans to HIV and Hepatitis
According to reports from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Roughly
600 veterans who received dental care at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical
Center in Wisconsin may have been exposed to infectious diseases such
as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
From October 2015 to October 2016, a dentist at the facility exposed patients
to the potentially deadly infections by using and reusing his own dental
equipment and “cleaning” it rather than using sterile and
disposable equipment provided by the VA. According to Acting Medical Center
Director Victoria Brahm, the involved dentist’s actions were purposefully
in violation of VA regulations, as he had properly used the appropriate
equipment during required training and orientations. His actions were
ultimately discovered and reported by someone filling in for the dentist’s
Shockingly, the involved dentist has not been fired, but instead reassigned
to an administrative position. The VA is currently in the process of identifying
and notifying all who may have been infected by the doctor’s carelessness
and is offering free testing and treatment to anyone infected.
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