Ft. Lauderdale – Medical malpractice occurs on a daily basis in Florida and throughout the United States when medical care and treatment fall below the accepted standards of care. It is particularly appalling when the mistakes involve negligence in carrying out some of the most basic procedures such as the administration of intravenous fluids.
Earlier this month, hospital officials at Broward General Medical Center announced that they were investigating a nurse’s actions that may have exposed more than 1,800 patients to blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. The nurse, who has since resigned and has been reported to the Florida Board of Nursing, admitted to re-using saline bags and tubing in administering IV fluids to patients who were undergoing chemical cardiac stress tests. Hospital officials identified more than 1,800 patients who were treated by the nurse between January 2004 and September 2009.
A similar case of medical negligence took place earlier this year when more than 10,000 patients were administered colonoscopies with equipment that was not properly sterilized at VA hospitals in Miami, Tennessee and Georgia.
These and other large hospitals with significant nursing and medical staff must be more vigilant to avoid these dangerous incidents that can profoundly affect the health and wellbeing of their patients. The Florida medical malpractice lawyers at Hannon Legal Group are highly experienced in the litigation of cases involving medical negligence including hospital malpractice as well as nursing malpractice. If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical negligence, contact a Florida medical malpractice lawyer today for a free evaluation of your case.