Preventing the spread of infection and disease is a high priority throughout New Jersey hospitals and doctors' offices. There are mandated standards regarding cleanliness and the sterilization of tools and other equipment. Employees of these facilities often go to great lengths to ensure that these standards are adhered to in order to prevent spreading germs and the possibility of being accused of hospital negligence.
Recently, a single mother was operated on at her local hospital. A simple operation that was thought to be routine has now turned out to be a nightmare for this woman. The day after the operation, she was informed that her surgery had been completed using surgical tools that had not been sterilized or sanitized. However, when the woman reviewed her medical records, she observed that the hospital staff was aware of the error one hour after the surgery was completed.
The woman was kept in the hospital a day longer than planned so that she could receive antibiotics and undergo testing for any disease she may have contracted. While nothing has surfaced so far, she will have to undergo further testing over the next 90 days. Since this ordeal began, she has suffered anxiety attacks and sleepless nights. The possibility of contracting a devastating disease is taking a toll on her and her emotional well-being.
New Jersey hospitals and doctors' offices are required to sterilize and sanitize surgical tools as well as equipment used throughout the hospital. Failure to do so leaves the public at risk from the germs that are present. It also leaves the hospital at risk of being accused of hospital negligence.
Source: ksat.com, "Woman worried over hospital accidentally using unsanitary tools during surgery", Stephanie Serna, Sept. 8. 2016