Hospital found negligent for failing to sterilize surgical instruments.Diagnostic procedures required.
The plaintiff was a 37-year-old female at the time she underwent hernia surgery at the defendant's Naval Hospital. She contended that her surgeon called her after completion of the hernia surgery and informed her that he had learned that the instruments used in her surgery had not been properly sterilized.
The plaintiff contended that the lack of sterilization created an increased risk of infection which necessitated the performance of additional diagnostic procedures including repeat needle sticks as a result of blood testing for HIV, Hepatitis and other diseases. The plaintiff underwent blood testing for infection at three months, six months and one year. All of the tests were negative.
The case was settled before a lawsuit was ever filed for $80,000. That strikes me as a reasonable sum for what this poor woman went through. I can only imagine the panic she must have felt each time she had to wait for the results of the blood tests.
Please see some of my other posts on the topic of dirty surgical instruments:
Dirty Instruments in Shoulder Surgery
Forbes Regional Found Negligent for Dirty Colonoscopies
Res Ipsa in Exposure to Dirty Surgical Instruments
South Hills Endoscopy Center Sends Letter About Dirty Endoscopes
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