July 2, 2008
Suit Filed in Duke Hospital Contamination
A lawsuit filed in North Carolina alleges Duke University Health System was negligent when it mistakenly cleaned surgical instruments with hydraulic fluid.
The suit seeks unspecified damages for 18 patients who underwent surgery at two Duke hospitals in 2004.
The Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer said the problem started when an elevator repair crew drained hydraulic fluid into containers marked detergent. The drums were then sent to Duke Raleigh and Durham Regional hospitals where they were used to sanitize instruments.