Patient safety in question following scathing report of 'dangers' at VA hospital in D.C.
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Patient safety is now a huge concern at Washington D.C.'s VA Medical Center.
A scathing report released by the Office of Inspector General cites the Medical Center, which serves more than 98,0000 veterans, for a major shortage of medical equipment and lack of sterilization in storage rooms.
Investigators discovered more than $150 million worth of equipment hasn't been accounted for and now the ABC7 I-Team has requested an official copy of everything missing, plus a copy of more than 190 patient safety complaints.
ABC7 News tracked down Air Force veteran Lisa Markland, who is a patient at the Medical Center. She suffered a spinal injury in 1988.
"It's unfair to the veterans. It's putting their lives at risk, their health and safety. It's really inexcusable," Markland said.
In the last 30 days, investigators also found a shortage of oxygen nasal tubes and bone cement used in surgeries. Plus, there are no blood lines or needles needed for dialysis and they reportedly ran out of vascular patches.
Markland claims the lack of doctor visits is still a major concern too. She's been waiting for more than a year for an appointment.
"I won't go there for anything that is invasive or surgical or anything that's more than an appointment," Markland said.
"It scares you to death... doesn't it?" Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor asked Markland.
"It literally could...," Markland replied. "Yeah."
The I-Team has tracked down even more veterans who have major complaints about the Medical Center. When 7 ON YOUR SIDE receives all the documents we have requested from the Medical Center, we will share them on-air and online. .
This investigation is far from over.