9 Hospital Deaths Potentially Linked to Contaminated IV Fluid
There have been 19 patients infected with potentially fatal bacteria in hospitals throughout Alabama. The bacteria, called serratia marcescens bactermia, entered the patients’ bloodstream through contaminated IV fluid. Currently, nine of these patients have died and several others remain hospitalized. Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working to conclusively determine whether these deaths were in fact caused by the contaminated IV fluid.
The contaminated IV fluid was recalled last Thursday once doctors identified the presence of the bacteria. It is uncertain how many people in total had received the solution prior to the recall. Most of the hospitals receiving the contaminated fluid were located in the Birmingham area.
The defective product was manufactured by Meds IV, a Birmingham-based company. According to the Alabama Department of Health, there is no indication that the hospitals were negligent in their administering of this product. Additionally, investigators have noted that the hospitals took the proper steps to rectify the situation once they became aware of the contamination.
If your loved one died after receiving this contaminated IV fluid, you may be entitled to receive compensation in a wrongful death claim. An experienced wrongful death attorney in your area can help you with the filing of your claim.