Mayo Clinic had an obligation to have procedures in place to prevent employees from stealing highly regulated narcotic medications from patients
Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) September 27, 2010
The Jacksonville, Florida personal injury law firm Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Aston, P.A. has announced it is accepting cases of individuals who may have been exposed to the blood borne virus hepatitis C at the Jacksonville area Mayo Clinic.
According to The Miami Herald, the Mayo Clinic began informing thousands of patients treated in Jacksonville that a former employee may have exposed them to hepatitis C. Three patients are known to have tested positive. The Mayo Clinic is sending out letters to over4500 former patients as a precaution.
A radiology technologist who worked in the facility for six years admitted he was injecting himself with the pain killer, Fentanyl, replacing the drug with saline solution, and then injecting that into patient IV lines. This employee was infected with Hepatitis C, a potentially deadly viral infection, and his actions may have exposed many patients to his infected blood. The employee worked at the Mayo clinic from October 2004 to August 2010. He was also an employee at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville until April 2008. The focus on him apparently began in December 2009 after genetic testing showed tampering. After narrowing down which patients were infected with Hep C, the suspect was identified and tested.
Attorney Frank Ashton of Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. said, "Mayo Clinic had an obligation to have procedures in place to prevent employees from stealing highly regulated narcotic medications from patients. Hepatitis C causes liver failure and death in many victims and the fact that some people who went to the Mayo Clinic for care wound up becoming sicker is unconscionable."
If you or a family member has become sick with hepatitis C after treatment at the Mayo Clinic, please visit the website of Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. today.
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