View Full Version : 6800 peeps in ma city to be told by mail...U MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED to HIV or HEP!

10-16-2011, 10:02 PM
Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health Dr Isra Levy makes a statement at City Hall October 15, 2011.

Photographed by:

Chris Mikula, The Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa public health officials will send out 6,800 registered letters Monday warning former patients of a “non-hospital” clinic that there’s a tiny chance they may have been infected with hepatitis or HIV.

Dr. Isra Levy, the city’s medical officer of health, won’t name the clinic or the procedures involved.

But he said a “lapse” in infection control over a period that may stretch back 10 years could have infected someone.

There is no evidence anyone has been infected, he told reporters Saturday at a hastily-called news conference.

But there’s less than a one-in-one-million chance someone may have been infected with hepatitis B, less than a one-in-50-million chance with hepatitis C, and less than a one-in-three-billion chance of HIV infection.

Former patients should start getting letters Tuesday, he said. The letter will give general information and suggest that people getting the letter call their family doctor, and arrange a blood test if they’re concerned.

Ottawa Public Health will also have a call centre running by Tuesday with information. Its number is in the letter.

Dr. Levy said the lapse involves one physician, and the problem was spotted during a spot check in early summer by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Since then, Ottawa’s public health department has been tracing former patients going back 10 years, since it isn’t sure when the “lapse” began.
“There is no ongoing risk as the clinic has not been performing the procedures in question since last June.”

He wouldn’t say what the lapse was, but said lapses in infection control can include reusing instruments, failing to sterilize equipment properly, and lack of cleanliness.

It has taken nearly three months to get a list of the 6,800 patients because the investigation was “a particularly complex situation. The magnitude and the scope of it has been unprecedented in Ottawa.”
Some people came from outside Ontario and needed to be traced, and record-keeping procedures have changed over the years. A reliable list of patients took until Thursday to complete.

“Bearing in mind that many people in the community have procedures done every day, it really is a very small proportion of people in this community that are going to be receiving letters,” he said.

“I am very keen to be releasing the details as soon as possible, but I don’t want to do that until the patients have been notified directly themselves.”

He said public health officials aren’t involved in deciding whether someone is to blame. “We don’t supervise or inspect physician practices.”
Most of the letters will be identical. A few will be more personalized, generally where the patients live outside Ottawa.

Family doctors will be asked to share results of follow-up testing with public health officials.

Other lapses in medical tests and procedures in Canada:

— Failure to screen blood donations in the 1980s led many people being infected, including with HIV. About 1,100 Canadians were infected with HIV and 20,000 contracted hepatitis C after receiving blood from the Canadian Red Cross.

— In Newfoundland, errors in breast cancer testing gave false results for 425 women between 1997 and 2005. The province’s Supreme Court has approved a $17.5-million settlement in a class-action suit. The province says 108 women died after getting erroneous results that they were cancer-free.

— In New Brunswick, the chief pathologist at the Miramichi hospital was suspended after an investigation showed he either misdiagnosed, or was late in diagnosing, seven cases.

— In Quebec, 89 women received erroneous results after tests for breast cancer between 2008 and 2009. Of those, 39 had to have their treatment altered as a result, and some of them later died.

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10-16-2011, 10:11 PM

10-17-2011, 12:25 AM

netscape check two
10-17-2011, 12:33 AM
A less than one in three billion chance is pretty good odds lol