Unsanitary conditions in a treatment room at a Veterans Affairs clinic in Salt Lake City are being investigated, facility officials say.
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They were reacting to tweeted images taken April 5 of Army veteran Christopher Wilson in a room with medical supplies scattered about and an overflowing trash can. The photos were posted by his father, Stephen Wilson, the Associated Press reported.
Christopher Wilson spent six years in the Army and was deployed to Iraq twice. His father said the conditions in the treatment room were "very unprofessional, unsanitary and disrespectful."
As of Monday afternoon, the post had been retweeted nearly 17,000 times, the AP reported.
"The condition of the room was the way it was when he went in, no other room was offered and no attempt to clean it up was made for the duration of his appointment," Stephen Wilson tweeted.
Along with an apology, Dr. Karen Gribbin, chief of staff at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Utah, said staff members were intent on ending Christopher Wilson's wait and didn't notice how messy the room was, the AP reported.
"Mr. Wilson should not have been placed in the room in that condition," Gribbin said at a news conference Monday. "The room should be cleaned, supplies and trash removed, before the next patient is placed in there."
Clinic officials are investigating and staff members could be disciplined, Gribbin said.
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