Hospital: No Infections Reported in Connection with Sterilization Mishap

Hospital: No Infections Reported in Connection with Sterilization Mishap

Sheridan Memorial Hospital says they have not had any reports of patient complications or infections after they failed to sterilize surgical equipment up to Wyoming Department of Health standards during a period of six months in 2011.

An initial report in the Casper Star-Tribune this morning states that a complaint to the watchdog group Public Citizen initiated the review by Wyoming Department of Health.

The investigation, conducted last November, found that the hospital had altered its method of sterilization in Laryngeal Mask Airways away from manufacturers recommendations in May. The department of health requires hospitals to sterilize based on manufacturers recommendations.

Chief Nursing Officer at Sheridan Memorial Hospital, Charlotte Mather.

LMAs are placed in a patient's throat as artificial airways providing anesthesia and ventilation during surgery, and according to a media release from the hospital they “were not being autoclaved or steam-sterilized but were being scrubbed and processed through a washer sterilizer,” in between surgical patients.

Any patients who had surgery between May and November 2011 and have questions can call the hospital at 672-1197.

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