St. Louis Hospital Investigated For Safety Lapses | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (7/30, Wagman), US Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) “has announced two fresh investigations into the use of improperly sterilized medical equipment” at the Cochran Veterans Affairs “hospital in midtown St. Louis.” The article also states that “the General Accounting Office — a watchdog agency that takes its orders from Capitol Hill — will include Cochran into an existing investigation focused the processing of reusable medical equipment at several VA hospitals around the country.”

The use of unsanitary medical devices and equipment can cause patients to suffer a host of serious medical conditions, including hepatitis and MRSA infections.  There is simply no excuse for failing to utilize sterile equipment while treating patients.

I have represented many people over the past two decades who has been seriously injured and killed due to the misuse of unsanitary equipment and medical products at hospitals.  Let’s hope these nationwide investigations compel, if not force, medical providers to safely treat patients as we go forward.

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Mr. Zambri is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney and Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He has been acknowledged by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all of the more than 80,000 lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also acknowledged him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in medical malpractice matters, product liability claims, and serious automobile accident claims. Mr. Zambri has also been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine (2010)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.

Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to present seminars to lawyers and doctors, as well as both medical and law students concerning medication errors, medical malpractice litigation, and safety improvements.

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