A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History

A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History by Evelyn V. McKnight, Travis T. Bennington 0615394973 9780615394978
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CANCER CLINIC CAUSES WORST HEPATITIS OUTBREAK IN US HISTORY

In the small farming community of Fremont, Nebraska, townspeople eagerly welcomed an acclaimed doctor as the first full-time oncologist at their new cancer treatment center-but the fanfare soon turned into a nightmare.
During chemotherapy treatments, 857 patients who were already waging the fights of their lives against cancer, were inexplicably exposed to the deadly, blood-borne hepatitis C virus. At least ninety-nine of them contracted the lethal illness. The horror was unprecedented-this was the largest healthcare-transmitted outbreak of hepatitis C in American history.
A Never Event-a term used to describe a preventable medical tragedy-is a searing story of recklessness, deception and betrayal. Its part mystery, part courtroom drama.
Written by a survivor of the tragedy and an attorney who represented many of the victims, A Never Event is a wake-up call to medical and legal communities nationwide.
"[A] harrowing account... I commend [McKnights] advocacy and efforts to raise awareness about healthcare-related infections and other potentially life-threatening illnesses."-Hon. Shelley Berkley, congresswoman, Nevada
"The wake-up call to doctors, nurses and to patients."-Joe Hardy, MD, Nevada State Assembly
"A must-read for patients." -Charles Stokes, president and CEO, CDC Foundation
"[McKnights] story has provided hope to people across the nation."-Lawrence Sands, DO, MPH

Author: Evelyn V. McKnight, Travis T. Bennington

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 360

Publisher: History Examined, LLC

Publication Date: 2014-07-22


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