It is rare for a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer to have a potential client come to his or her office with complaints about exposure to improperly sanitized medical equipment. The main reason for this is that few patients will ever be made aware of this occurrence. Patients often never even see the specific equipment used in an operation and, even when they do, they would have no idea whether that equipment was safe. However, improperly sanitized medical equipment has the potential to transfer deadly viruses to patient-from hepatitis and HIV. The consequences are high.
Unfortunately there has been a recent rash of cases involving improperly sanitized equipment, exposing thousands of patients to those complications. Several of those cases have occurred at veteran’s hospitals, prompting federal officials to being looking into the matter. The Miami Herald reported recently on a scheduled Congressional subcommittee hearing that will look into the patient safety issue.
The hearing is entitled “Sacred Obligation: Restoring Veteran Trust and Patient Safety” and will take place on May 3rd. The meeting will involve discussion of the previous cases of sterilization problems. In addition, standardized cleaning rules for medical equipment will be analyzed and possible sanctions and punishments for those suspected of negligence in this area will also be considered. Finally, the appropriate method and format of making potential victims aware of lapses in cleanliness care will be evaluated.
Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti believe that all medical patients must rightly demand that safe practices be used at all times to ensure proper equipment sterilization. The lax safety protocols related to this issue is indicative of safety problems in all areas of medical care. Far too many medical mistakes are caused by a disregard for safety protocols-it is vital that patients fight that poor care and hold the negligent accountable.
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