A female patient has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Forbes Regional Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA after hospital personnel used another patient’s syringe on her. Kimberlee Blocker had entered the hospital for surgery and found out later that another patient’s syringe was mistakenly used on her to administer medication. As a result, she was forced to undergo months of tests to make sure she hadn’t contracted a disease as a result of the wrong syringe. It’s not clear how the syringe error occurred.
Medical errors such as this case of a syringe error occur all too often in hospitals around the country. Patients die as a result of such errors and the costs associated with medical errors exacerbate the problem of skyrocketing medical costs. These medical errors are preventable when medical staff and healthcare workers follow proper protocols and the accepted standard of care.
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