NSW government acts against medical malpractice

Date: Oct 21, 2016

The New South Wales government has replaced a number of machines that could be harbouring a rare bacteria. The move was made after an international report was released warning operators of the possible health challenge. 

Issues such as these can be grounds for medical malpractice, however it is best to talk to an expert on the subject. Speak to a medical negligence lawyer today. 

Machines removed were at risk of infection

The machines used for cardiac surgery were removed by the New South Wales government due to the risks of infection. Cardiac surgery patients were at risk of Mycobacterium chimaera infection due to the heater-cooler units made by Sorin. 

The possibility for infection was picked up in 2012 by researchers in Switzerland. The pieces of equipment were thought to have been contaminated during their manufacture. 

To date, there have been no cases of infection as it is rare and thus the risk to patients is quite low. The likelihood of a patient being infected following valve replacement surgery is about 1 in 100,000. However, there have been around 50 international patients who have developed an infection between three months and five years after their operation. 

Dr Kate Clezy, an infectious disease specialist from the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, said that while the infection risk is low, it is still important to be aware of the impact it may have. 

"The contamination of heater-cooler devices with this mycobacteria is associated with only one brand and we've contacted all facilities using this device to ensure they were being rigorously cleaned or replaced," she said.

There is now no ongoing risk in the affected hospitals, which included:

  • Prince of Wales
  • St George
  • Sydney Children's Hospital

What should I do if I have been victim of medical malpractice?

In response to an incident of medical negligence, it is essential to get the best medical advice you can. Following this, you should talk to an experienced medical negligence lawyer. 

At Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation, Medical negligence and Will dispute lawyers, we understand the impact it can have on your quality of life, which is why we approach all cases with compassion and urgency. 

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