A class-action lawsuit filed on January 22, 2020 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma alleges: “Between January and April of 2018, a nurse employed by [the defendant hospital] violated protocols established by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) by reusing needles, syringes and vials to administer medications to numerous patients at Defendant hospital. Failing to follow these protocols risks patient health by exposing them to bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases, such as HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. One hundred and eighty-six (186) or more patients have been identified as potentially exposed to such infectious diseases.”
The federal lawsuit seeks class action certification, alleging: “While Plaintiffs do not know the exact number of members of the class, Plaintiffs believe there are at least one hundred and eighty-six (186) persons.”
One of the named plaintiffs, who underwent a colonoscopy in April of 2018, alleges that she received a telephone call from the defendant hospital on May 22, 2018, advising her that she may have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis C during the course and scope of the procedures performed at the defendant hospital. The caller allegedly instructed her to undergo blood screenings at three-month intervals, for a period of nine months, in order to monitor whether she has been infected with one of these diseases.
On July 18, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, (“CMS”) investigated the defendant hospital and found that both its nursing services and infection control were out of compliance for participation in Medicare and Medicaid Programs. The investigation resulted from an allegation that a nurse employed by the defendant hospital reused the same medication filled syringe on multiple patients, including patients who were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV. The defendant hospital’s Director of Quality allegedly was interviewed by CMS and confirmed that the employee nurse “used the same needle and syringe on several different patients until the needle was dull, usually at the end of the day.”
The investigators allegedly observed “nursing staff handling medical equipment without gloves, failing to sanitize a glucometer after use, walking across medical units with uncovered needles (both used and unused), mixing IV medications at unsanitary stations, failing to clean medication stations, failing to secure or cover sterile equipment, and failing to change masks gowns and skull caps either prior to entering or after exiting the operating room.”
The plaintiffs seek “compensation for the injuries sustained, together with the costs of suit, including reasonable attorneys’ fees” and request that they be “awarded just compensation for their injuries in the amount of $125,000 each.”
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