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GOSHEN, Ind. – Surgical instruments used at Goshen Health might not have been sterile — and they could have made people very, very sick, according to hospital officials.

Goshen Health says some surgical instruments “skipped a step” in the cleaning process, possibly exposing more than 1,100 people to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C between April and September.

The hospital has already notified those affected and is working to keep the issue from happening again, according to Dr. Daniel Nafziger, Hospital Chief Medical Officer.

“We have put strict policies and additional safety measures in place to ensure it does not happen again,” Dr. Daniel Nafziger said, Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “We also want to express our concern for each of these patients.”

Goshen Hospital has set up a call center for those affected and is offering free testing for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

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