Ross Feller Casey, one of the nation’s leading medical malpractice law firms, is actively investigating litigation involving injuries from kidney and liver transplant surgeries performed at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
The firm’s investigation comes in the wake of troubling problems with the transplant program that were highlighted by state and federal health agencies.
The wide-ranging problems were contained in a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health that followed a two-day inspection of the transplant center in May 2022. A Medicare-related complaint triggered that inspection.
Investigators found instances of patients not being told they were being offered “high-risk” organs, which could put them at higher risk of medical problems, including organ failure and the transmission of diseases such as hepatitis or HIV. The report found that by not telling some patients of the higher risks, they didn't have the opportunity to turn down the organ and wait for one that carries less risk.
In one case, according to the report, the patient only learned about receiving the high-risk organ during a follow-up medical appointment.
According to the report, the medical center also failed to identify and analyze why a group of patients who had just received transplants had to return to the operating room due to subsequent medical issues. Hospital staff is supposed to flag and then analyze such trends to determine if changes are needed in the transplant process.
The report indicated that several cases involved kidney transplants in early 2022 in which patients needed to return to the operating table to reposition the kidney or because the kidney or renal vein was compressed or stretched. The report quoted the transplant programs quality officer as saying that he was unaware of five of those cases and only learned about them due to the Department of Health inspection.
Additionally, the Department of Health faulted the transplant program for not informing the United Network for Organ Sharing and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of important personnel changes related to kidney and liver transplants and quality control.
As a result of the findings, the medical center notified 1,100 patients of the situation, including about 200 on its kidney or liver transplant waiting lists.
Upon news breaking of the reports, medical center officials acknowledged that the transplant program has been inactive since they temporarily shut it down in April to address the findings.
Suppose you or your loved one suffered injuries from negligent care during a transplant surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In that case, you need to contact Ross Feller Casey now for a free case evaluation. Over the past five years alone, Ross Feller Casey has recovered well over $1 billion for injured individuals like you.
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