Nurses at Memphis hospital overdose two-month-old girl

Tavares Sheeks took his daughter of two months to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis in hopes that the doctors would attend to his daughter and relieve her respiratory illness. What he wasn’t expecting is for the hospital nurses to give his daughter the wrong dose of medicine.

In an interview, Sheeks said, “We got a call from the nurses around 5 p.m. saying we should bring her back ASAP because she’s been overdosed with too much methadone, which is the medicine to keep her sedated and asleep.” Sheeks was enraged when he found that instead of giving his daughter 0.2 milligrams of methadone, the nurses had administered 2 full milligrams. After Sheeks said he would file a lawsuit against the hospital, he received an apology from them. He added “I accept their apology, but I’m still lost on how could you make a mistake with a 2-month-old.”

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CDC blocks testimony of vaccine whistleblower in medical malpractice lawsuit

Lawyers Bryan Smith and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. want Dr. William Thompson to testify in a medical malpractice case to share how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was privy to fraudulent statements in the studies they released, which found no connection between vaccines and autism.

Thompson is a 19-year CDC veteran who worked as former senior vaccine safety scientist at CDC’s Immunology Safety Office. He is also a key author of four studies the CDC used to prove that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and vaccines, which contain the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, do not expose their recipients to autism. However, the United States Department of Health and Human Services admitted that during the proceedings, the agency sealed one of the cases, wherein HHS conceded that the vaccines did indeed cause autism, therefore concealing critical evidence.

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Health Violations at Memphis Dentist Clinic Pose HIV Threats

The SPT Dental Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee was ordered to close down on July 1st by the Shelby County Health Department for putting patients at risk for blood-borne diseases. Inspectors reported having found unacceptable conditions in the clinic such as improper handwashing techniques and unsanitary dental instruments. Therefore, health officials have advised patients to test for Hepatitis B and C, and HIV. While no specific diseases have been officially connected to the dental clinic, a significant amount of patients could have been exposed to serious infection.
“More than 3,000 patients who have been treated there since 2007 could be at risk,” said Alisa Haushalter, the director of the Shelby County health department.

The investigation began when a patient at SPT Dental Clinic reported to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry complaints regarding sterility. Shelby County health officials have since reported on conditions in the dental clinic that were unhygienic to the point of possible disease transmission. Dr. Alfred Brown, the dentist who operated the clinic, has had his license suspended and is currently not commenting on the situation.

Free testing for blood-borne illness in Shelby County is scheduled for Monday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and has availability on weekdays.

The attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers believe that medical professionals have a responsibility to ensure that their patients are receiving the safest care, but, unfortunately, we see issues like this all the time. We are concerned for the safety of individuals in Shelby County, and will be happy to consult with anyone who may have been infected with a serious illness due to the negligence of a dentist. If you believe you have been injured by a medical professional, please contact our medical malpractice attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers today at (844) 275-8422.



Spread of Legionnaires disease tied to hospital and nursing home showers

A new government report published recently reveals a connection between water that comes from faucets and bathroom shower heads Legionnaires disease. This news sheds light on additional causes, as experts previously suspected the disease was solely caused by outdoor cooling towers.

Research and investigations have been made after a recent outbreak of the disease in New York City this summer that killed twelve people. Initially, officials thought the outbreak was due to cooling towers and fountains, but new reports have found the legionella bacteria in water from bathrooms and showers. The germ is able to infect victims through water vapor or mist that is inhaled into the lungs. Legionnaires disease is a potentially life threatening form of pneumonia that is most dangerous to elderly individuals with compromised or weakened immune systems.

According to the report, fourteen people died between 2011 and 2012 from Legionnaires linked to potable water. Most of these deaths occurred in hospitals and nursing homes.

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Newsweek article details drug abuse among hospital employees

An article published in Newsweek magazine recently reports on hospital employees who abuse their access to narcotics and place patients in danger. The author, Kurt Eichenwald, introduces his subject by telling a story about the time former radiology technician David Kwiatkowski accidentally and temporarily paralyzed himself with stolen drugs in the bathroom of Arizona Heart Hospital.

The article itself recounts an interview held with Kwiatkowski, who survived the accidental paralysis and went on to steal and abuse narcotics in a number of hospitals across the country. Eichenwald’s article illustrates drug abuse within America’s healthcare system as evidenced by Kwiatkowski’s chilling anecdotes.

Kwiatkowski is now serving time for a number of crimes, including infecting at least 45 hospital patients with hepatitis C. This terrible story is one example of a problem that exists on a much larger scale. According to Eichenwalk, a recent study conducted by the CDC found that “nearly 30,000 people may have been exposed to hepatitic C…by infected hospital employees using narcotics intended for patients.”

Kwiatkowski’s story proves the upsetting reality that hospitals are not infallible, and patients across the country should be vigilant in looking out for negligent behavior. If you have been injured by a negligent medical professional in the Memphis area, don’t hesitate to contact the John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers by calling (844) 275-8422 today.



Sick doctors pose a threat to patients

A recent survey produced by employees at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia questioned 500 medical professionals, including doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, and midwives, on the prevalence of caregivers failing to take sick days. The survey revealed that nearly every participant felt that medical professionals who attend work while sick pose a threat of infection to their patients, yet more than 83 percent admitted to doing this very thing at least once in the past year.

According to the survey, medical professionals continue to work when ill for several reasons. About 99 percent said that they refused to take sick days so that they would not force additional work on their colleagues, while 95 percent blamed this practice on the fact that there are not enough employees to cover the work. Additionally, 92 percent of those surveyed said they worked through illness in order to provide continuous care for their patients, and 64 percent feared that taking sick days would lead their colleagues to think less of them.

Viruses such as influenza and measles are easily transmittable, and sick doctors threaten the safety of their patients by exposing them to additional and dangerous illnesses when their health is already compromised. If you believe that a doctor’s actions or inaction caused you or a loved one to suffer undo harm, let the experienced Memphis medical malpractice attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers help. Call us today at (844) 275-8422 to learn more about how we can fight for you.