VA Hospital Apologizes After Photos Of Filthy Room Go Viral

Elias Hubbard
May 1, 2018

'Mr Wilson should not have been placed in that room in that condition, ' she admitted.

Army Veteran Christopher Wilson, who served two tours in Iraq, shared photos on Facebook that showed medical supplies strewn out on a counter, a bowl containing a plaster-like substance sitting mostly full in a sink, and an overflowing garbage can. She struggled to explain why Wilson was placed in the room, and what procedures are in place that detail how and when rooms are cleaned in between patients.

"I'm sure you could ask 1,000 different veterans, and each one of them will have their own story", he said.

Christopher Wilson said he was in the room for an appointment on April 5 to get 18 injections in his ankle and surrounding area, and anxious about the appearance of the room, which he said "felt unsanitary".

The photos have been retweeted over 15,000 times so far.

Gribbin, who oversees all VA medical operations in Utah, eastern Nevada and southeastern Idaho, called the incident a "rare event" and said Wilson was not exposed to blood or bodily fluids from other patients. "I go to another hospital's emergency room and it's such a different experience".

"My understanding was that strictly these casts are applied in this room but there (are) not other types of debridement or surgical removal of tissue or anything like that that occurs (in the room), so I do not believe Mr. Wilson was exposed to any unsafe body fluids or blood", Gribbin said.

An update from Stephen Wilson Saturday clarified that the room in question had been used for "casts for diabetic vets".

Christopher Wilson said that while this experience is abnormal, he often finds that there is a problem whenever making an appointment with the VA.

"The people who are there to serve us kind of see us as a hindrance more than anything".

"We just reviewed and emphasized that we always have to look at our environment [in] the eyes of the veteran", said Gribbin.

Wilson said he hoped attention on the issue would help, but also expressed skepticism about what Gribbin and VA can accomplish with the probe. He and his father could not be immediately reached for comment.

"My understanding was that strictly these casts are applied in this room but there (are) not other types of debridement or surgical removal of tissue or anything like that that occurs (in the room), so I do not believe Mr. Wilson was exposed to any unsafe body fluids or blood", Gribbin told the station.

Gribbin said that during her six years of working at the VA hospital, she has never heard of an experience like this. Wilson said he is hopeful the pictures will lead to changes at the VA, Fox said.

"I feel the court will try to bury it so the VA gets away with the way they treat the vets who are truly lost in the system", Negrete told AP.

He said he assumed staffers would take him to another room when they saw the mess, but they did not.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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