Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Attorneys | Chicago, IL
Se Habla Español
Free Initial Consultations 888-325-7299

We are essential, and so are you! Our firm is still open for business and accepting new clients. To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering new and current clients the ability to meet with us via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.

Are You Afraid of Needles? (Maybe You Should Be)

syringe-1884784_640.jpgUnsafe injection practices place patients at unnecessary risk of acquiring infections and disease while under the care of physicians, nurses, and anesthesiologists. From 2001 to 2011, more than 150,000 patients were negatively affected by unsafe injection practices. It is a common problem across the United States with potentially deadly results.

Failure to Adhere to Basic Infection Control Procedures

Certain procedures carry a greater degree of risk for patients. These procedures outlined by the Centers for Disease Control include the administration of sedatives/anesthetics during surgical and diagnostic procedures. They include the administration of IV medication during chemotherapy, cosmetic procedures, and imaging sessions. Another common and dangerous procedure involves the introduction of an IV saline solution through lines or catheters that have not been properly sterilized. 

Dangerous habits on the part of healthcare professionals include using single-dose medications for more than one patient, failing to prepare or administer injections using aseptic techniques, and using the same syringe/needle/tube to administer medication to more than one patient.

Another common problem is improper disposal of dirty needles and other medical waste contaminated with pathogens. Improper disposal can increase the likelihood that patients will come into contact with these items and become infected with these pathogens. 

Consequences of Unsafe Injection Practices

Unsafe injection practices can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses. Bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the deadliest as it is often antibiotic resistant and can cause severe infection in patients whose health is compromised by other illnesses.

Viruses such as Hepatitis C and HIV can be transmitted via dirty needles and cause lifelong health problems for patients. Infection with bacteria or viruses diminishes the patient's recovery prospects, the overall quality of life, and increases treatment costs. Moreover, if patients are not informed of the potential exposure during these "never events" and properly tested, those infected with bacteria and viruses can unknowingly infect loved ones and sexual partners. 

Outbreaks are Often Tied to Dirty Needles

When outbreaks of viruses or bacteriological infections occur, investigators often determine that dirty needles and unsafe injection practices are the cause. From 2001 through 2011, more than 49 outbreaks were tied directly to unsafe injection practices. Healthcare facilities, physicians, and nurses have a duty of care that includes protecting patients from such outbreaks. When outbreaks occur, these individuals and entities can be held liable for their negligent actions.  

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Scholarship AwardWin A $1,000
Scholarship Award

Submit a 1,500 words or less topic-specific essay by July 15, 2020 via this website for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship from Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish.
Click Here for more submission details on how to win.

Get The Settlement That You Deserve Tell us about your case and we’ll get back to you with a FREE case evaluation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Schedule Your FREE Consultation

Office Location

20 North Clark Street 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Toll Free: 888-325-7299
Phone: 312-445-9084
Phone: 312-445-9084
Fax: 312-782-6739
Chicago Law Office Map

Contact Us