Baystate Noble Hospital sued for unclean endoscopy equipment

Westfield, Massachusetts-based Baystate Noble Hospital is accused of endangering the lives of patients by improperly cleaning endoscopy equipment. The hospital staff allegedly were aware of the issue about three years prior to patients being informed about the situation.

According to a 22 WWLP Television news report, Baystate introduced new endoscopy equipment and scheduled these devices for integration into colonoscopy procedures from June 2012 to April 2013. However, the endoscopy equipment had problems with disinfection and sanitation, which were discovered by the state Department of Public Health during a routine inspection. The inspection discovered that only three of the four prongs that came with the new equipment underwent proper cleaning and disinfection. A joint report released by the Department of Public Health and the Director of Clinical Safety and Risk Management for Baystate Noble claimed that at least 293 patients of the hospital had the possibility of being exposed to hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and HIV.

Hospitals and doctors need to be held accountable when they are negligent toward their patients. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice or another personal injury suit, the attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us at (617) 426-4488 to discuss your situation.