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VA dentist accused of using improperly cleaned tools at Wisconsin facility resigns

Dentist at Wisconsin facility reused equipment

 

A dentist has resigned from his position at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs hospital amid accusations he treated hundreds of patients with improperly cleaned equipment.

The VA in Tomah, Wisconsin, announced the dentist's resignation Friday, ahead of a scheduled Monday meeting of a panel used in situations that could warrant firing.

The hospital's acting medical director, Victoria Brahm, said last week that an investigation was launched after a dental assistant reported last month that the dentist hadn't properly cleaned equipment. Brahm says the dental equipment might have been cleaned, but it didn't meet VA standards.

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The dentist's name wasn't released.

Brahm says 592 veterans who received care from the dentist can receive free screenings for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. She says the risk of contracting an infection is low.