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Wake-Up Call: Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Console & Hollawell Express Concern After Surgeon Gives Hepatitis B to Patients
Date:1/2/2013

Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) January 02, 2013

A doctor with a chronic liver infection who performed joint replacement surgeries on patients in the United States unknowingly passed the virus to at least two patients, according to NBC News. The doctor, who remains unidentified, reportedly had chronic hepatitis B “for some time” without symptoms before coming in contact with patients and unknowingly passing the disease on to them. The University of Virginia Health System tested more than 200 of the doctor’s patients, which led to the discovery of the two new infections. Both patients reportedly have a strain of hepatitis B that’s genetically identical to the strain identified in the surgeon. NBC News commented that six other patients became infected with the virus previously, but because they did not have active infections in their blood currently, researchers were unable to determine if the surgeon was responsible for the original exposure. In Philadelphia, medical malpractice lawyer Richard P. Console Jr. can’t understand how a surgeon could put his patients at risk for a life-altering disease.

“A doctor with a chronic condition like hepatitis B has no business being in the operating room,” he said. “The risk to patients is simply too high, and it appears that even following normal safety protocols was not sufficient to prevent infection. If patients been aware, would they have allowed a doctor with this type of disease to operate on them? I highly doubt it.”

The doctor apparently wore gloves during all medical procedures as required, but still managed to pass the disease onto his patients, according to reports. Researchers hypothesized that tiny tears may have developed in the gloves, which allowed the infection to pass, though the doctor would’ve also had to h
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