Siouxlan Urology faces class action over probability of spreading HIV and Hepatitis among 5000 plus patients

It’s being like a horror day dream for common people, who could ever think of, that a reputed organisation like Souxland Urology Center could ever  put their patients at risk  of killer diseases like HIV and Hepatitis etc, by reusing saline bags and tubing for cystoscopies?

This sort of carelessness is happening too often, few days back it was announced that veterans in South Florida may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV due to the improper cleaning of equipment used for colonoscopy.

Late Friday five Iowa residents filed a class action lawsuit against Souxland Urology Center and it’s owners ( Drs. John Wolpert, David Howard, Patrick Walsh, Kenneth McCalla, Timothy Kneib, and Craig Block) in Dakota Dunes, SD.

When medical staffs are well informed and trained in proper sterile technique and measures to prevent transfer of disease. How come they still reused saline bags and tubing when even the manufacturers have stated clearly that these are single use items and fluids from a patient can retreat into saline bags and tubing while the equipment is use?

Forget about medical stuffs even a child knows about the seriousness of these killer diseases and why it is compulsory to use syringes, saline bags and tubing only once.

However, earlier this week the urology center mailed letters to 5,200 patients who were treated between March 2002 and January 2009. And although they say the infection risk is low, Siouxland Urology is generous enough in offering free blood tests to patients who had this procedure since 2002.



One Response to “Siouxlan Urology faces class action over probability of spreading HIV and Hepatitis among 5000 plus patients”

  1. Siouxland Urology filed a motion to dismiss class action lawsuit Says:

    [...] a motion to dismiss class action lawsuit amitavaJune 23rd, 2009 Anybody may recall that the class action was filled after Siouxland Urology notified 5,200 patients  could be at risk for Hepatitis and HIV [...]

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