Hospital Sued For Washing Scalpels In Elevator Fluid

Law360, New York (February 22, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A North Carolina hospital faces a negligence lawsuit more than two years after patients were inadvertently exposed to surgical tools soaked in used elevator hydraulic fluid.

Hospital patient Bennie Holland, 47, filed a complaint last week in the Harnett County Superior Court, claiming he developed a severe infection after doctors at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital operated on him with the fluid-tainted instruments in late 2004.

The firm handling the case, Brent Adams & Associates, argues the dirty hydraulic fluid may have caused serious health complications, including...
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