VA Eastern Colorado, Air Force Academy Medical Clinic warn patients of possible infection risk

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The U.S. Air Force Academy’s Medical Clinic and the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System are notifying 267 gastrointestinal endoscopy patients about potential health risks associated with procedures at the Academy’s GI Clinic.

Officials are warning those who had the procedures between June and September.

The precautionary notification follows discovery of a diversion from standard pre-cleaning protocols for a scope used in endoscopy procedures, officials said.

“While the risk to the potentially impacted patients is very low, it cannot be discounted entirely,” said Col. Walter Matthews, the Air Force Academy command surgeon.

“Maintaining patient safety and quality is our top priority. We take any potential risk to patient safety very seriously and are committed to informing those under our care of any increased risk.”

Every patient who had a GI endoscopy at the clinic during the period will be contacted, officials said. All other procedures performed at the clinic are unaffected, officials say.

Patients with questions or concerns are asked to contact the GI Clinic at 719-333-5140/5138, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.