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Surgical errors in using dirty equipment put children at risk

| Sep 9, 2015 | Surgical Errors

Undergoing surgery in Newton and anywhere else throughout the country is always a dangerous situation, even if it is deemed to be a minor procedure. There are many things that can go wrong for a multitude of reasons. Some of the most egregious surgical errors include the improper use of medical equipment, a negligent operating room staff and surgeon malpractice. What is even more worrisome is when the surgery is performed on a child and these mistakes are made. If this happens, those who have been affected need to understand what to do to pursue compensation.

A hospital is under investigation for the possibility that, since 2010, as many as 12,000 pediatric patients might have been subjected to exposure of blood borne pathogens. The investigation commenced when the hospital found that there were incorrect procedures when reprocessing surgical equipment. Instruments that were supposed to have been clean were found to have debris on them. This resulted in a closer look at possible mistakes with reprocessing that might have gone back five years. These mistakes are believed to have made when the equipment was manually washed.

According to the hospital, the mistakes have been corrected. It is not known how long this went on for. As a result all patients who were in the facility during the time in question have been advised to receive tests for certain illnesses such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. The hospital is saying that the dangers of infection are low. The same thing happened at the same hospital nearly two years ago when it was alleged that patients might have been exposed to a dirty colonoscope.

While the hospital is investigating the situation and warning patients to have children who had surgical procedures to be tested, that does not eliminate the reality that these mistakes were made and people were placed in jeopardy. A hospital is responsible for the health of those who are being cared for. When there is a surgical mistake made before, during or after a procedure, substantial damage can be done. It can even lead to death. Those who have been harmed by this kind of error or believe a loved one who grew ill and died was hurt by surgical errors may want to discuss the matter with a legal professional to consider a case.

Source:, “Dirty Surgical Equipment May Have Been Used On 12,000 Pediatric Patients,” Kendal Gapinski; Aug. 27, 2015


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