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Louisiana children’s hospital sued over fungal infection outbreak


The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that five years “after five patients died with a deadly fungal infection they received from hospital linens, Children’s Hospital officials on Thursday began contacting the families to inform them their loved ones were affected by the outbreak.” Dr. John Heaton, medical director for the New Orleans pediatric hospital, “said during an organized press conference that the hospital did not act appropriately with respect to informing families of patients of the outbreak, which lasted from August 2008 to July 2009. ‘Regrettably, it’s become clear that, while we made an extraordinary effort to identify and contain this infection, we did not make an extraordinary effort to communicate with our families and disclose the nature of this illness,’ Heaton said. ‘It’s personally appalling to me that we find that some of the families are finding out that their child was involved in this outbreak by reading the newspaper.’”

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