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Natividad says surgical scopes might not have been properly cleaned, offers free HIV and hepatitis tests
Monterey Herald

Natividad Medical Center is offering nearly 900 patients free testing for HIV and hepatitis after discovering surgical scopes may have been insufficiently cleaned. Hospital officials said a routine safety audit revealed disinfection of the equipment was inadequately documented on some days over an 18-month period. While the flexible endoscopes may have been cleaned as required, the hospital was “acting in an abundance of caution,” said Chief Medical Officer Gary Gray.