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The patients used the airway between June 1 through Nov. 8. The letters recommend they have blood tests for hepatitis B and C and HIV.
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A private laboratory in Sheridan will perform the blood draws, said Mike McCafferty, the hospital's chief executive officer.
The hospital identified 1,140 patients who underwent procedures between June 1 and Nov. 8. But only 307 procedures required use of the airway.
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Before June 1, the hospital sterilized the airways by a procedure that included a steam autoclave, as recommended by the airway manufacturer. McCafferty said for some reason the hospital surgical services unit switched to a sterilization method that excluded autoclaving.
The hospital sent information packets to all 1,140 patients to notify them whether their procedure required use of the airway.
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"They recognize it is low, but how low is low?" McCafferty said.
"great quantifiable data" on the risk involved, he said.
McCafferty said Wednesday that hospital officials continue to investigate the reason for the change in procedure.
The 307 patients who did use the airways will receive further details regarding testing, McCafferty said.
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"The bottom line is we're recommending they take blood testing," McCafferty said. "We're using a third party lab, a private lab in Sheridan to draw the blood."
Sheridan hospital offers free testing to 307 former patients
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The blood will be tested by a different lab. Patients will decide where the test results are to be sent.
Sheridan Memorial Hospital has offered free testing for diseases to 307 former patients who had a procedure in which a potentially infected reusable airway was used.
However, the CDC referred to a study by the American Society of Endoscopy on reprocessing of scopes used in patient examinations. The study said the risk of infection was one in 1.8 million cases.
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McCafferty said the former patients are most interested in what level of risk of infection they face.
For those that did not use the airways, the letter assures them there is nothing further they need to do.
The hospital recently switched to disposable airways, which are discarded after one use.
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autoclaving, which was contrary to the hospital's own policy and the recommendation of the airway manufacturer.
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The airway device is inserted into a patient's throat to provide anesthesia and mechanical ventilation during surgery.
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