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An autopsy indicated that a previous patient at the hospital had Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Thus there was a possibility that the contaminated instruments used on this patient may have been used on other patients as the sterilization process is ineffective against the disease. There was a delay in when the hospital found this out to when they stopped using the possibly infected equipment. There was also a delay in notifying possible at risk patients.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Herald Sun
About: Melbourne Hospital delays informing patients of possible exposure to CJD
Date: 14 September 2004
Source: Herald Sun
Author: Jen Kelly, Michelle Pountney, Ian Royall
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