Contaminated anesthetic could lead to medical negligence claims

Date: May 05, 2014

Hospital patients around Australia could have been infected with a contaminated anaesthetic.

This week, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) pulled batches of the commonly used anaesthetic drug propofol after three hospital patients in South Australia contracted a blood infection.

The propofol which is manufactured by Claris Lifesciences could be contaminated by Ralstonia pickettii bacteria that can cause on-going medical issues.

The anaesthetic, famous for its involvement in the death of Michael Jackson, is commonly used on adults and children older than three for short medical procedures.

Drugs Provive and Sandoz were also pulled from use at the hospital while the investigation was ongoing.

TGA spokeswoman Kay McNiece told Fairfax Media that it was too earlier to determine the exact cause of the contamination.

”This follows the discovery of three patients at two different hospitals in South Australia who have developed sepsis after propofol was administered to them in the course of their hospitalisation during the period April 13-27,” she said.

“The TGA has held two teleconferences with state and territory chief health officers to alert them to this potential contamination and has ensured that all hospitals, doctors, anaesthetists and other health care professions who may use the product are aware of the health concerns and quarantine procedures.”

Blood infections can cause a number of different complications, but can lead to organ failure, damage and death.

It is unclear how widespread this contamination is, but one hospital in Melbourne told Fairfax that it receives propofol from a different company and it was unaffected.

A Royal Alfred Hospital spokeswoman said it had not received any of the affected batches.

Negligence in NSW

At this stage, it is not known whether patients in NSW have been affected by the contaminated drug. If patients believe that they have been, they could be eligible for medical compensation.

As soon as you are well enough, victims are urged to contact a medical negligence lawyer that can determine whether you have a claim or not.

Medical negligence claims can entitle you a wide number of different compensation packages. This can include compensation for economic losses such as loss of wages and superannuation.

It can also claim for costs of past and future care that you have needed since your injuries. These types of claims are usually very complex, so it is suggested to seek legal advice from a lawyer.

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