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Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed over Reused Syringe

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Pittsburgh, PAA Pittsburgh woman is suing Forbes Regional Hospital for medical malpractice after the medical center allegedly treated her with a syringe that had previously been used on another patient.

Kimberlee Blocker was at the hospital to have surgery performed when she was reportedly given the incorrect anesthesia used by another patient, reports WPXI.

"I could have easily died on that table. The medicine was not prescribed for me," she told the news source.

Blocker's mother, Deborah Blocker, told the news source that doctors at the hospital told her that another patient's syringe was accidentally placed on her daughter's tray.

As a result of the alleged mix-up, Kimberlee Blocker reportedly had to undergo a number of HIV and hepatitis tests to determine if the used needle infected her.

"We cried and cried every time she took her test and had [a] two-week period to wait for results," her mother told the news source.

Blocker said that she was upset about the mistake.

"This is my life we're talking about, how would they feel if this happened to their daughter?" she told the news provider.

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Im writing because It has recently beed discovered by the Colorado Department of Heath that the oral surgeon that removed my wisdom teeth was found to be reusing needles and syringes. The investigation is ongoing, but there is no dispute whether this practice occurred. They are suggesting anyone that received IV medications from Dr. Stephen Stein be tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C. His office (Stein Oral and Facial Surgury) was located at 8671 S. Quebec in Highlands Ranch, CO.

I don't think it is necessary to drone on about my anger and fear after finding out this information, but I'm curious if there is any recourse I may have. I have scheduled tests, but this news just broke last night so results will likely be awhile. Please let me know what you think should be done and whether or not I have any rights to file suit in this matter (the procedure was done roughy ten years ago). This is in the timeframe that the CDPHE has discover that this was going on. The report claims he was reusing IV needles and syringes for "days". Thank you for your time.

(Note from the Editors: Here is the link to the story about Dr. Stephen Stein's office reusing needles.
The cbsnews article states:
"The health department is working to obtain all of Stein's patient dental records to notify patients directly that they should get tested. Those records may be incomplete, so the department urges anyone who remembers getting IV medication or sedation at one of Stein's offices to get tested as a precaution.

The department recommends anyone who was a patient of Stein's and received IV medicines to see their doctors to be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. If patients do not know if they received IV medicines, the department recommends they also be tested.")

-Tyler Windes

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