Class action lawsuit filed after Salem Hospital patients were exposed to HIV and hepatitis C

Class action lawsuit filed after Salem Hospital patients were exposed to HIV and hepatitis C

Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital is facing a class-action lawsuit after hundreds of patients were exposed to HIV or hepatitis. The lawsuit, filed against Mass General Brigham and Salem Hospital and 10 hospital employees, accuses the hospital of negligently administering intravenous medications during endoscopy procedures between June 2021 and April of this year. The hospital said the risk of infection was very low – and no infections had been identified. In a statement, the hospital said it was aware of an isolated practice involving endoscopy patients earlier this year. Examples of endoscopic procedures include colonoscopy and ultrasound of the gastrointestinal tract. The hospital said that this practice was immediately corrected once it was notified, and the hospital’s quality and infection control teams were also notified. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said it conducted an on-site investigation at Salem Hospital. The Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Care Safety and Quality and the Office of Infectious Diseases and Laboratory Sciences are working with the Brigham General’s Infection Control Team to manage the situation. Both the Department of Public Health and Salem Hospital said the risk of infection to patients is very small, and there is no known evidence of infections resulting from exposure. Salem Hospital said exposed patients are being tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. A Salem Hospital spokesperson said all patients who were potentially exposed to the virus have been notified, and 90% of them have either completed the free test, scheduled one or declined the test. He said patients who were not notified do not need to worry.

Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital is facing a class-action lawsuit after hundreds of patients were exposed to HIV or hepatitis.

The lawsuit, filed against Mass General Brigham and Salem Hospital and 10 hospital employees, accuses the hospital of negligently administering intravenous medications during endoscopy procedures between June 2021 and April of this year.

The hospital said the risk of infection was very low, and no infections had been identified.

The hospital said in a statement that it was aware of an isolated practice involving endoscopy patients earlier this year. Examples of endoscopic procedures include colonoscopy and ultrasound of the gastrointestinal tract.

The hospital said that this practice was corrected as soon as it was notified, and the hospital’s quality and infection control teams were also notified.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said it conducted a field examination at Salem Hospital. DPH’s Office of Health Care Safety and Quality and the Office of Infectious Diseases and Laboratory Sciences are working with Brigham’s Infection Control Team to manage the situation.

Both the Department of Public Health and Salem Hospital said the risk of infection to patients is very small, and there is no known evidence of infection resulting from exposure. Salem Hospital said exposed patients are being tested for HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis C.

A Salem Hospital spokesperson said all patients who may have been exposed to the virus have been notified, and 90% of them either completed or scheduled the free test or declined.

A Mass General Brigham spokesman said patients who were not notified do not need to worry.

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