Wyoming Department of Health Recommends Sheridan Memorial Hospital Test Patients After Using Improperly Sterilized Equipment

The Wyoming Department of Health has recommended Sheridan County Memorial Hospital in Sheridan, Wyo., test patients for infection after state officials discovered the hospital failed to properly sterilize reusable laryngeal mask airways for several months last year, according to a Star-Tribune report.

During an investigation in November, state officials discovered hospital staff members failed to include autoclaving or steam sterilization, which is recommended by the equipment manufacturer and state. After the department disclosed the deficiency to the hospital, Sheridan County Memorial officials implemented an action plan.


State health officials later consulted with experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommended the hospital test patients for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Sheridan County Memorial CEO Mike McCafferty plans to further discuss the recommended testing with state officials and how to communicate with patients about the matter.

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