Broward (General) health officials have confirmed that a veteran nurse may have used IV bags contaminated with other patients' fluids while administering saline solution to patients who came to the hospital for cardiac chemical stress tests. …the nurse routinely used the same bag on different patients. As many as 1,851 patients may have been impacted.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 7, 2009
Last night's NBC 6 Miami 7pm news broadcast broke the story "Broward (General) health officials have confirmed that a veteran nurse may have used IV bags contaminated with other patients' fluids while administering saline solution to patients who came to the hospital for cardiac chemical stress tests. …the nurse routinely used the same bag on different patients. As many as 1,851 patients may have been impacted."
Over the weekend Broward General Hospital sent 1,851 certified letters to the potential victims of this bodily fluid backflow scare asking that the patients contact a physician immediately to administer Hepatitis B and C and HIV/AIDS screening.
Managing Partner of the Fort Lauderdale law office of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, William McAfee notes, "Preventable medical errors are the cause of up to 98,000 deaths in the United States annually. These preventable errors cost society up to $29 billion in a single year; but it's the lives of innocent people who pay the ultimate price. We want to help those people recoup their quality of life."
The Agency for Healthcare Administration reports that only 1 in 6 medical errors in Florida hospitals are ever even filed. According to federal Institute of Medicine (IOM) data upwards of $1.6 Billion in disability, healthcare and lost income costs resulted from medical malpractice in Florida in a single year!
In an effort to educate and protect the Fort Lauderdale, Broward County and South Florida community at large, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is offering around-the-clock free legal advice to any and all of the potentially infected Broward General Medical Center patients. By calling 1.800.561.1111 callers will be connected with a legal intake professional directly - 24/7. Says Michael Steinger, Founding Partner of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, "Our firm is actively investigating cases of possible contamination from IV fluid transfers at Broward General. Patients who received the IV may be at risk for contracting Hepatitis or HIV/AIDS. Our firm wants to help in any way we can during this time - 12 years and 18,000 clients strong, we want to lend our legal experience to those who need it the most right now."
The recent medical error of the veteran Broward General nurse that may result in the transfer of Hepatitis and/or HIV/AIDS follows by only months another South Florida hospital negligence case which required the medical screening of near 10,000 Veterans who came to VA Hospitals for standard colonoscopy procedures, according to a CNN article.
As reported on CNN, "in a letter to Gen. Eric Shinseki, the secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, requested that the VA Office of Inspector General 'begin an investigation into the potential problems of contamination; whether any patient has contracted an infection from unsterilized equipment; and, most importantly, how we can prevent such problems from happening again.'" It seems the precautionary measures to which Sen. Bill Nelson aspired in his statement of this past Spring did not come soon enough and the same fears of patient bodily fluid transfer due to lax sterilization procedures is all too real for an estimated 1,851 innocent South Florida residents.
About Steinger, Iscoe & Greene,
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