posted on Jan, 21 2006 @ 11:56 AM
Tampa Bay ABC local news here showed this story, according to them her limbs were Gangrious, besides having Strep-A, and Toxic shock. In the video
taped footage of her there were obvious scares/sores on the areas of her arms and legs that were left after the amputation. So can we just dispel with
the idea that this is a malpractice case about operating on the wrong patient…
The real issue here is not that she wants to know why she lost her limbs, but how she contracted the diseases that caused it to happen. The hospitals
stance in this tells exactly what happened, how she contracted it. She was obviously exposed to another patient that had this infection, or a staff
member that was exposed to such a patient. That is why the hospital cannot tell her more then she knows, it would violate the HIPPA laws to tell her
who she was exposed too, especially if it was an employee that might not have know what they were carrying at that time of her exposure to them.
In other words, nurse A works on patient A that has the infection and for whatever reason gets exposed to the infection (rubs her eye, gets into a
hang nail, etc). Nurse A is now carrying the infection but does not realize it, then 5 hours later Nurse A has to go to delivery of Patient B’s
baby. In the process, she inadvertently passes it to patient B. Now patient B having a lower immune system is more prone to the infection in her
weakened state, symptoms appear, and rapidly the hospital realizes there is a problem. Hospitals keep medical records of all their employees to ensure
they are compliant with their titers. At this point they would screen those at the delivery and realize that nurse A is carrying the infection and
passed it. However, they cannot tell the patient B what occurred as nurse A is now under protection of HIPPA with her medical records as well as
Something like this is terrible, and regrettable, but it does fall under the hazards of being in a place where they care for the sick. Even though
standard precautions are used, there is no way to ensure that any healthcare worker has not picked up something from the last patient, you cannot
autoclave an employee between calls. It is a risk of the environment.
Link to video:
Under video on demand section.
Woman goes into labor, comes out quadruple amputee
[edit on 1/21/2006 by defcon5]