Tomah, WI – It was reported last week that nearly 600 Veterans of Tomah VA Medical Center may have been exposed to a number of infectious disease, to include HIV, Hepatitis B, and C, at the hands of one Dentist.

The unidentified Dentist is said to have been violating VA regulations by reusing his own dental equipment, instead of using the issued sterilized, disposable tools.

During all of the orientation, he used our equipment. He used it appropriately, so it was very purposeful from what we found in our investigation that he knew exactly what he was doing, and preferred to use his own equipment against procedure.
Victoria Braham, Acting Medical Director of the Tomah VA Medical Center

The unidentified Dentist is expected to appear before a review board Monday, as he faces administrative proceedings.  In the meantime, the VA employee has been placed in an administrative role, where he is not seeing patients.

Update: the VA Dentist has resigned from his role as a VA employee but still faces scrutiny from the review Board.

Since, October 2015, when the Dentist was hired, he put 592 veteran patients at risk of infectious diseases.  The patients have since been notified and are being tested for a number of diseases.  Should any of these patients test positive, the VA will provide free treatment.  Those who have so far gone in for screenings have been told it could take two to three weeks to get results.

Are you a veteran that has been to the Tomah VA Medical Center?  Tell us what your experience was like by visiting the Tomah VA Medical Center review page.