When a person needs to have surgery in Pittsburgh it can be nerve-wracking. Surgery is stressful no matter how routine it is. When the surgery is performed on a pediatric patient parents can often feel helpless. A pediatric surgery center is in the news because it may have performed thousands of surgery with dirty equipment, putting these patients at risk of a surgical error.
When a person goes into surgery they are told of the risks that they may face. But the explained risks assume that the equipment used to perform the surgery will be sterilized. This appears to not be the case in a pediatric surgery center in Seattle.
The Seattle Children’s Hospital surgery center discovered recently that it has been reprocessing equipment incorrectly putting over 12,000 patients at risk of bloodborne pathogens since 2010. The errors appear to have happened in the manual washing of instruments where the high temperature sterilization process was not completed correctly. The surgery center is warning its patients that they should be tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV. In January 2014 the same hospital had a problem with a dirty colonoscope that affected around 100 patients.
When patients suffer a serious injury because of negligence they can feel angry and wonder what happened. Dirty surgical equipment is something that no patient should ever have to worry about. If a person has suffered from a worsened condition because of a surgical error they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records, consult with experts and determine what happened to cause the injury. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
Surgical errors happen every day across the United States. It is important for medical centers to make sure they are doing everything to prevent these errors and not injure patients.
Source: patientsurgery.net, “Dirty Surgical Equipment May Have Been Used On 12,000 Pediatric Patients“, Kendal Gapinski, Aug. 27, 2015