The troubled Veteran’s Administration hospital in Tomah, Wisc., may have infected over 500 veterans with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV, reports WEAU. The Veteran’s Administration is notifying veterans who may have been infected at this time.
The source of infection was a dental provider who was reusing his own tools in violation of Veterans Administration regulations. It went on for over a year, starting in October 2015. A whistleblower reported the violations while filling in for an assistant.
It is unclear if the dental provider will be disciplined. He has been placed in an administrative role pending further investigation by the Inspector General and determination of what, if any, charges are appropriate.
Acting Medical Center Director Victoria Brahm called the violations “purposeful,” remarking, “During all of the orientation, he used all of our equipment. He used it appropriately, so it was very purposeful from what we found in our investigation that he knew exactly what he was doing, and preferred to use his own equipment against procedure.”
The Tomah hospital came under fire last year after an investigation into the facility revealed rampant over-prescription of pain pills. “Candy Man” David Houlihan, chief of staff at the hospital, was fired in November 2015 and is now in private practice.