Connecticut Medical Malpractice: Reusable Medical Devices Can Cause Infections
In an age where hospitals are trying to cut costs, it is important for you and your loved ones to remain vigilant about your health. Certain procedures may have the ability to take advantage of reusable tools. You may be wary of this as a patient or loved one of a patient, and it is true that contaminated bronchoscopes can cause secondary infections among vulnerable patients.
Bronchoscopes are used to examine patient lungs. When reusable scopes are used on patients who are contaminated, they pose a much higher risk of infection. Sterile, single use bronchoscopes significantly reduce the risk of infection.
When being seen and a bronchoscope is being used, you can certainly ask the medical professional who is examining you if the scope was used previously. If it has been you can ask for a new bronchoscope to be used in your examination.
Contaminated equipment may present challenges to healthcare providers in keeping patients safe and free of infection.
If you or a loved one was permanently injured as the result of a reusable scope, that may be hospital negligence and Connecticut medical malpractice. Contact our firm to discuss your options.