Report: Tomah VA staff failed to report hygiene lapse

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) - A new report released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general says staff at the Tomah VA Medical Center failed to report a dentist who used improperly sterilized equipment, potentially exposing hundreds of patients to infection.

The Tomah VA asked nearly 600 veterans to be screened for possible infections after learning of the violations in November. The report from the Office of Inspector General released Thursday says the facility's leaders took appropriate action once they found out about the problem. Tomah VA spokesman Matthew Gowan says more than 90 percent of the patients notified have been tested and no infections were found.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the dentist, Thomas Schiller, was suspended and resigned in December.

The investigation was done at the request of U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Ron Kind and Rep. Tim Walz, of Minnesota.


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