Sheridan Memorial Hospital

Officials at Sheridan Memorial Hospital say they are being upfront and transparent with the Wyoming Department of Health and patients in regards to equipment that may not have been properly sterilized.

According to the Department of Health, Sheridan Memorial failed to fully sterilize a piece of surgical equipment known as a laryngeal  mask airway between May and November of last year.

Mike McCafferty is CEO of Sheridan Memorial. He says the hospital is looking into how the situation occurred.

The health and safety advocate group Public Citizen says Sheridan Memorial Hospital failed to fully sterilize some surgical equipment and may have exposed patients to viral and bacterial infections.

That allegation comes after the Wyoming Department of Health found that he hospital did not adequately sterilize a piece of equipment known as a laryngeal mask airway, which is placed in the throats of patients undergoing surgery to provide air.