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Lawsuit filed after man exposed to other patient's blood

Since many sick and seriously ill patients are treated at hospitals a real concern exists about keeping medical equipment sterile. Ensuring the use of fresh syringes, clean bed sheets, and properly sanitized devises means patients are kept safe from medical conditions which infect others at the hospital. However, keeping everything sterile is a lot of work and requires attention to detail. A minor slip up could result in serious harm to a patient.

One man may be facing this situation now. That man, who went to the hospital after suffering a stroke at work, was horrified when he discovered the hospital used a blood glucose level-reading machine on him that still had another patient's blood on it. After the test, the nurse realized the problem and removed the machine as well as bed linens that were also contaminated. The patient has since been extremely concerned about the harm that will be caused to him, and has therefore filed a lawsuit against the hospital.

Medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care which, if strictly upheld, will lead to safe medical treatment. Yet, a seemingly minor hospital mistake, like failing to check if bed sheets are clean, can lead to devastating consequences. Diseases may spread to other patients, leaving them severely injured, disabled, or dead. Such errors are preventable, and negligent medical professionals should be held accountable.

Perhaps the best way to punish these errant professionals is to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against them. If a breach of the duty of care can be proven to have caused harm to the patient, then compensation may be obtained. These recoveries can then be used to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Forcing the hospital to pay for hospital negligence helps ensure safety protocols are followed more strictly in the future, thus protecting future patients.

Source: The Louisiana Record, "Hospital sued by patient who claims he was exposed to blood from another patient," Kyle Barnett, Jul. 26, 2013

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