Surgery is daunting enough on its own, and the process shouldn’t become even more unnerving because of concerns of negligence on the part of your surgeon. Unfortunately, surgical instruments that are dirty or not sterilized properly harm patients each year. When this happens, even minor or routine surgeries may turn into a nightmare for the patient. If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed as a result of a dirty surgical instrument, it is important to seek the help of a skilled Baltimore medical malpractice attorney. At Arfaa Law Group, we can thoroughly analyze the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim.
A few years ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a pilot program, which inspected 1,500 outpatient surgery centers and cited 28 percent for infection control deficiencies related to surgical instrument cleaning and sterilization. Surgical site infections caused by dirty instruments can have long-term and painful consequences, such as prolonged recovery, infections, loss of limbs, or even death. In some cases, the patient may not develop an infection from the dirty instrument. Instead, he or she may be exposed to a disease, such as HIV, hepatitis, or syphilis.
Hospitals have a duty to maintain procedures and protocols that will make sure a patient’s health is not in jeopardy. These include sterilizing surgical instruments properly. Unfortunately, in some cases, appropriate care is not taken to clean instruments, or instruments used in a previous surgery are accidentally or intentionally used again.