Virginia Woman Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Over Blood Infection

Virginia Woman Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Over Blood InfectionA woman who claims she contracted a rare blood disease while being treated at Winchester Medical Center in Virginia in 2010 is now suing the hospital, the Northern Virginia Daily reports.

According to the news source, a medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed regarding the issue, which accuses nurses and healthcare providers of negligence, and states the healthcare professionals gave the patient "an IV tainted with streptococcus pyogenes," which is most commonly associated with strep throat.

Plaintiff Barbara Stanford's medical malpractice lawyer filed the complaint in Winchester Circuit Court. The lawsuit seeks $800,000 in damages, or any greater amount the jury may see fit. Both the hospital and the Valley Health system are listed as defendants in the case.

According to the news provider, Stanford was admitted to Winchester Medical Center on March 28 on complaints of partial bowel obstruction, and was given an intravenous catheter in her left arm. While at the hospital, nurses and other members of the health center's staff gave the patient fluids through the IV. On March 31, the catheter was removed, and Stanford was discharged from the hospital.

"Following the removal of the IV catheter at WMC, Plaintiff's arm became severely red, tender, and swollen at her IV site, and she was readmitted to the hospital on April 2, 2010," the complaint states. "Blood cultures taken from the Plaintiff revealed that the Plaintiff's blood was positive for streptococcus pyrogenes."

The complaint states the hospital failed to provide "clean, bacteria free medical equipment, such as IV needles, catheters, and medications," and claims the hospital breached the standard of care.

According to the National Library of Medicine, streptococcal infections can cause a variety of severe health problems, including toxic shock syndrome, cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease.