Your Name: Evelyn McKnight
Patient's Name/Relationship: self
When did event occur (what year)? 2002
Where did event occur? Other Location
What type of medical harm did you experience or witness? Healthcare-Acquired Infection
Please describe what happened. In 2000 I underwent chemotherapy for breast cancer. In 2002 I had a recurrence. It was at that time that I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. I had no risk factors, no explanation for how I had contracted this mysterious disease. After some detective work, my husband - a family physician - suspected that the oncology clinic was the cause. The state of Nebraska and the CDC did a thorough investigation and found that 99 of us contracted Hepatitis C because the oncology nurses reused syringes to access saline draws for port flushes. Of the 99 victims, there was one liver transplant and 6 deaths due to Hepatitis C, not due to cancer.
What was the outcome of the medical harm issue? Serious or life-threatening injury