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Surgery Technician Exposes Thousands of Patients to Hep-C

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 8-Jul-2009

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire

According to a Colorado Springs Gazette report, and other reports, a surgery technician, who worked at Rose Medical Center in Denver and Audubon Ambulatory Surgery Center in Colorado Springs, gave patients dirty syringes filled with saline solution and stole clean ones filled with Fentanyl to feed her drug addiction.  Fentanyl is a morphine-based drug that is used as a surgical anesthetic.  Since the technician stole the drugs, the patients were left to suffer.  The technician has been recently charged in a federal criminal complaint.

4,700 patients at Rose and 1,000 patients at Audubon are receiving letters from the medical facilities, advising them of the horrific conduct of the technician and further urging them to get tested for Hepatitis-C. The testing is necessary because the technician was later tested positive for the virus.  Unfortunately, according to reports, several patients have tested positive.

Hepatitis-C is terrible virus that can lead to serious liver problems and even liver cancer. There is no known cure for Hep-C.

Not very long ago, a rogue technician did the same sort of thing at a local, reputable hospital here in the District of Columbia.  Several patients who contracted Hep-C retained me to represent them in an action against the hospital, which I proudly advanced for them.  The technician in the case I pursued should never have been hired, was improperly trained and supervised, and was able to swap syringes for a protracted period of time.  Regrettably, lives were greatly impacted by the technician’s wrongful conduct and the hospital’s carelessness.

 About the author:

Mr. Zambri has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area.  The magazine also describes him as "one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, inlcusing medical malpractice actions.   He has also been named a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2009).  Our firm has experience pursing cases for patients that involve tragic medical errors.  If you need a patient advocate, we recommend that you read an article about medical malpractice claims authored by senior partner Salvatore Zambri.

If you want more information about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at szambri@reganfirm.com or call him at 202-822-1899.

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