Title: Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital Faces Lawsuit Over Potential Patient Exposure to HIV and Hepatitis
Salem, MA – Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital finds itself at the center of a class-action lawsuit as concerns about potential exposure to HIV or hepatitis loom over hundreds of patients. The lawsuit names Mass General Brigham, Salem Hospital, and 10 hospital employees who are accused of negligently administering intravenous medications during endoscopy procedures between June 2021 and April of this year.
The hospital maintains that the risk of infection is extremely low, with no identified cases of infections thus far. Upon discovering the isolated practice earlier this year, the hospital promptly took corrective measures and notified its quality and infection control teams.
To address the situation, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health conducted an onsite investigation at Salem Hospital and is now collaborating with Mass General Brigham’s infection control team. Both entities maintain that the risk of infection is minimal, emphasizing that there is currently no evidence of any infections resulting from the exposures.
In light of the potential exposure, patients who may have been affected are now undergoing testing for HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Salem Hospital has taken the responsibility to notify all potentially exposed patients, and thus far, 90% of them have either completed, scheduled, or declined free testing.
According to a spokesperson from Mass General Brigham, patients who have not been notified do not need to be concerned. The hospital reassures the public that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure the safety and well-being of every patient involved.
It is hoped that through these precautions and swift actions, any potential harm can be mitigated, and affected patients can receive necessary medical attention promptly. As investigations continue, Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital remains committed to maintaining transparency and providing support to all patients involved.
The Courier Standard Enterprise will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as more information becomes available.