October 9th, 2012|
October 9, 2012
With as many as 13,000 patients across the United States potentially receiving contaminated steroid injections, experts say the number of infected individuals is expected to continue to rise. The Odessa American says at least 114 Texans were exposed to the deadly aspergillus meningitis fungus at two Texas medical facilities when they received injections for back pain treatment.
Both the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Southlake and Dallas Back Pain Management received lots of the preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate manufactured by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. The nearly 18,000 doses of the drug that were distributed in 23 states, used to treat patients suffering from back pain, have been connected with at least eight deaths and 105 patients being sickened with the fungal form of Meningitis.
While no cases of infection have been reported yet by the Texas patients, officials have instructed individuals who received the injections to watch for symptoms of the drug injury, including stroke-like symptoms, headache, nausea, fever and dizziness. The symptoms are caused by swelling in the brain and spinal cord brought on by the fungal infection and can often result in death.
The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would encourage anyone who becomes ill after receiving an injection that was contaminated with a harmful substance or organism to discuss your legal rights with an experience attorney to help ensure you get the care you need and deserve.
September 4th, 2012|
Sept. 4, 2012
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, was recently fined $1 million by the Texas Department of State Health Services after an investigation confirmed numerous complaints of safety violations at the facility. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the fine was the largest of its kind in Texas history.
Hospital and government officials reached the agreement it was found the hospital and its staff were responsible for not practicing proper aftercare following surgical procedures, which resulted in the amputation of the individual’s leg and the death of a psychiatric patient after not being properly restrained. The hospital also was not properly enforcing health, safety, and record-keeping codes. Errors like these have led to several Medical Malpractice claims being filed.
The agreement will require the hospital to inform the state of any “reportable adverse events” that occur at the facility throughout the next year. This stipulation is on top of an already established agreement with the federal government requiring the hospital to submit monthly updates on progress towards reaching the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare’s requirements for compliance.
The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to remind citizens that medical facilities and their staff have a responsibility to make a patient’s health and safety the top priority. We encourage anyone who has suffered because of a medical mistake to discuss your legal rights with a qualified attorney.
August 28th, 2012|
August 28, 2012
Organ transplants at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas were recently halted due to a potentially deadly mistake. According to NBC 5 News, the hospital voluntarily suspended its transplant program after an organ was transplanted into the wrong patient last month.
A spokesperson for the hospital stated that the decision to halt all procedures temporarily was made after a patient at the facility received a kidney that was meant to be given to another patient. The mistake happened when a staff member incorrectly matched the donor’s ID with the patient’s name. The mistake was discovered shortly after the procedure was completed. Luckily, the patient didn’t develop complications afterwards; however, the mistake showed hospital officials that their system for matching patients and organs for the transplants could use adjustments to prevent any similar potentially fatal mistakes.
The person who was responsible for the mix-up is no longer employed at the hospital and officials say that the program is back up and running after reworking the verification process and having it approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing.
Botched surgeries such as this have been the basis for hundreds of medical malpractice lawsuits. That is why the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are hopeful that the new and improved system will better protect the estimated 208 patients, who are currently on the hospital’s transplant waiting list, from costly and potentially life threatening medical mistakes.