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Indiana hospital: 'We failed to disinfect surgical tools'

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Posted at 10:20 AM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 10:22:08-05

GOSHEN — A northern Indiana hospital has alerted more than 1,000 surgery patients who may have been exposed to hepatitis, HIV and other diseases due to a sterilization failure.

Goshen Hospital leaders said in a letter to patients that between April 1 and Sept. 30 a sterilization technician failed to complete one crucial step in the sterilizing process of surgical equipment.

The hospital says the risk of infection is low.

It is offering free testing for patients to determine if they were infected.