14 Feb 2019

Patients tested for HIV, hepatitis after sterilisation error

From Morning Report, 7:37 am on 14 February 2019

Children and the elderly are among the fifty-five patients who may have been exposed to surgical equipment that wasn't properly sterilised at Hawke's Bay Hospital. It was discovered on Monday that a batch of 91 tools had not gone through the final sterilisation process. The patients who attended dental or gynecology clinics between February the 2nd and February the 11th will be tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C. Mark Thomas is an Associate Professor of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. He talks to Susie Ferguson.