150 hospital patients to be tested over HIV risk

A failure in the sterilization of an endoscope used in the ear, nose and throat department at Petah Tikva’s Rabin Medical Center has necessitated the examination of 150 patients on whom it was used. One of the patients who was examined with the tube is an HIV carrier.
The hospital said on Sunday that management consulted with experts who recommended that all patients on whom the endoscope was utilized be assembled and tested to determine whether they were infected, but the possibility of the virus transfer was "close to nil." The medical center said it decided to take the precautionary measure and will reach conclusions on what went wrong and how to correct it. The hospital reported the incident to the Health Ministry.
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