According to news reports, the first of what's expected to be more medical malpractices lawsuits was filed against the Mayo Clinic in connection with a fatal hepatitis case. The widow of a 59-year-old man filed a medical malpractice suit against the hospital last week. Reports detail that the man died in September 2008, after two liver transplants at the Mayo Clinic, in 2006 and February 2008.
Reports detail that an ex-employee of the Mayo Clinic Florida was fired for his role in diverting Fentanyl, a potent narcotic analgesic with a rapid onset and short duration of action. Allegedly the employee was taking the narcotic drug in a syringe and injecting himself, then replacing the needle and filling the syringe with saline for patients' IV lines while working at the hospital. After the employee was discovered, the 47-year-old individual was arrested by Jacksonville deputies for stealing drugs and fired from Mayo.
The lawsuit claims that the deceased man was exposed to the virus after a syringe containing the ex-employees blood was used in his IV. Prior to the transplants, the man tested negative for hepatitis C prior to his transplants.
Following the discovery of this situation, the Mayo Clinic alerted thousands of patients that could have been infected with hepatitis C. This is only the first of what many expect to be an onslaught of suits against Mayo Clinic Florida.
Reports detail that the man was a carpenter and his wife expressed that they went to the Mayo Clinic for the transplants due to the hospitals good reputation.