Under certain circumstances, a patient may be required to undergo a surgical procedure. Upon completion of a surgical procedure, the wound may become infected as a result of medical negligence, which may give rise to a medical malpractice claim. A surgical infection is extremely serious and can result in fatal consequences if left untreated. Commonly, surgical infections will appear within thirty days of a procedure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), reported that approximately 35 percent of infections are related to a hospital procedure. In 2011, there were over 75,000 deaths as a result of a hospital procedure … Read the rest
A study conducted by researchers from one of Long Island’s largest health care entities discovered that fewer than 1 in 5 nurses comply with guidelines for standard precautions for infection prevention. The study conducted by researchers from Northwell Health (formerly North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems) surveyed 116 ambulatory care nurses to measure self-reported compliance with standard precautions, knowledge of hepatitis C virus and the behavioral factors that influenced their compliance. The inconsistency associated with nurses’ behavior to adhere to standard precautions put them and their patients at risk for acquiring a blood-borne infection.
Standard precautions are the minimum … Read the rest
Health officials in New York City earlier this year linked three cases of hepatitis C to an anesthesiologist who administered intravenous pain medication. Although they are still investigating the exact cause, officials are notifying 4,500 patients who received treatment from the doctor from December 2003 to May 2007 that they should get tested for the disease, according to a report in The New York Times (11/17/07). The officials would not name the doctor.
There appears to be a growing trend of “body snatching,” which includes illegally removing human tissue from cadavers and selling the tissue to firms that process it for medical facilities and researchers. As a result, the usual safety screening procedures that take place for the donation of body parts are not performed and there is a growing concern that the procured tissue is tainted.
In fact, this black market business has caused many tissue recipients to receive infected and diseased tissue. Both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are insisting that those who have received tissue … Read the rest