Defense Witness In Second Hepatitis C Trial In Nevada, Dr. Arthur Reingold, Testimony on Plausible Cause for Contamination Impeached
Witness Cites Virus Transference From Lack of Hand Washing, Bite Blocks, Biopsy Equipment, Gowns and Aprons and Inanimate Objects as Likely Cause for Hepatitis C Outbreak In Nevada
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This information is being released by SCM:
Dr. Arthur Reingold, witness for the defense in the second hepatitis C trial in Nevada, was called to the stand today offering expert testimony as an epidemiologist. During questioning by the defense, Dr. Reingold testified transference of the deadly virus hepatitis C could have occurred from a lack of hand washing, ungloved hands, bite blocks, biopsy equipment, gowns and aprons, and that cross contamination of bacteria may have occurred on a daily basis.
When cross examined by lead trial attorney for the plaintiffs, Robert Eglet, Dr. Reingold responded to questions about his testimony concerning transmission of hepatitis C at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.
"You can not state with certainty or to any reasonable degree of medical probability or have any evidence that the GI techs or any specific person was not wearing gloves, or that ungloved hands were the cause of transmission of the hepatitis C virus, or that the CRNAs were not washing their hands or wearing gowns or aprons that may have served as the source of the transmission of hepatitis C to Anne Arnold?" said Eglet. "No," stated Reingold. So you are not saying that hepatitis C on an apron somehow found its way into the bloodstream of Anne Arnold, Correct?" said Eglet. "Yes," stated Reingold.
Plaintiff Anne Arnold was exposed to the virus hepatitis C when a contaminated jumbo 50mL infusion vial of the anesthesia medication Propofol was reused during a colonoscopy procedure at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada on July 13, 2007. 50mL infusion vials of Propofol are meant for long tern sedation of patients, not short outpatient procedures like colonoscopies. Arnold was later diagnosed as having contracted hepatitis C. The lawsuit filed by Mainor Eglet alleges design defect, breach of implied warranty for a particular purpose, failure to properly warn by sending a Dear Health Care Professional letter and duty to monitor.
This is the second trial following the largest notification by the Clark County Health Department that 50,000 residents of Nevada may be infected. In the complaint filed in Clark County District Court by Mainor Eglet Law Firm attorneys Robert Eglet, Robert Adams and Artemus Ham on behalf of plaintiffs Anne Arnold and spouse James Arnold -- the defendants Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc.; SICOR Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corporation -- are each responsible in some manner for causing injury and damages to the plaintiffs.
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