Virginia Seattle Mason Hospital is contacting its patients over possible exposure to Hepatitis B

A  Seattle hospital informed that about 650 dialysis patients of that hospital might have been exposed to hepatitis B since 2011. According to the hospital, the exposé rate of Hepatitis B happened because of a lapse in screening procedure.  However, the Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical center and King county public health official also stated that the transmission risk is extremely low is this case. The hospital is immediately urging its patients to get tested for Hepatitis B.   

Dr. Jeff Duchin of Seattle and King County Public Health explained that a detailed investigation completed by his team says otherwise. According to his agency, the hospital followed steps like disinfecting equipments in order to prevent infections. Dr. Jeff said that his officials found no evidence of spreading infection through the hospitals dialysis unit. It was also revealed that the nonprofit Northwest Kidney center is in a contract of providing dialysis at Seattle hospital.

The hospital is now contacting the patients they have treated since 2011. The hospital stated in an announcement that although the risk of developing is low but the hospital has been informing patients just to protect them from further damage.

Nephrology Section head Cyrus Cryst wrote in a letter, “If you are a regular dialysis patient, your dialysis unit is likely routinely testing you for hepatitis B according to guidelines. Check with your dialysis provider to be sure you have been tested. If you are immune to hepatitis B, there is nothing more to do with respect to this notice,”

Seattle hospital informed the public health officials in late May that their staffs were not consistently screening patients for hepatitis B. Through the screening, if one patient was found with the infection then he or she was taken in to privet room for better treatment. In general most chronic kidney patients are regularly screened for hepatitis B. Such patients also need special care and treatment, according to Dr. Jeff Duchin, county health officer.  


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