Hospital facing used syringe lawsuit
Posted at: 03/26/2013 3:14 AM | Updated at: 03/26/2013 5:36 AM
Guthrie and Corning Hospital is facing a lawsuit after an incident where a registered nurse may have reused syringes and exposed patients to infections diseases, such as H.I.V. and Hepatitis B and C.
Ziff Law Firm is representing 14 patients in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that Corning Hospital, Guthrie Health care System and/or Guthrie Health, and Guthrie Medical Group P.C. were negligent in the training and supervision of the nurse, whose name has not been released at this time.
The nurse herself is also listed in the lawsuit.
Officials say the incident occurred between October 15, 2012 and January 29, 2013.
A spokesman for the hospital has said in the past that the risk that someone contracted a virus or infection was low.
The Ziff Law Firm says, they are still waiting to see if the patients were in fact sickened by the syringes.
Attorney Adam Gee says the number of patients on the lawsuit could grow.
"These are husbands and wives, grandmothers and grandfathers. They're scared. We've got grandparents afraid to hug their grandchild," Gee said.
"It just boggles the mind, how someone highly trained, a nurse, how they can use a single use syringe on multiple patients."
In a response, Guthrie says "We continue to encourage all patients that received notification to receive all recommended follow-up testing. If patients have any questions we encourage them to call our patient safety department at 1-855-316-7944."