Lawsuit filed after tainted IV fluids discovery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery, Ala. based law firm is filing a wrongful death suit as the investigation continues into tainted IV fluids at several Alabama hospitals.

Beasley Allen Law Firm filed suit Thursday against Meds I.V. LLC, the Birmingham based company each hospital obtained the product from, and individuals Edward Cingoranelli, William Rogers and Bill Vise.

Health department officials confirm nine deaths and 10 others who were also contaminated by IV packs filled with liquid nutritional supplements. A total of six Alabama hospitals are confirmed to have used the product:

  1. Princeton Baptist Medical Center
  2. Shelby Baptist Medical Center
  3. Cooper Green Mercy Hospital
  4. Medical West
  5. Prattville Baptist Hospital
  6. Select Specialty Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital that at Trinity Medical Center.

ADPH officials will not say for sure if the patients died as a result of the contaminated IV bags because each person was already sick and other factors may have contributed to their deaths.

Beasley Allen filed the suit on behalf of Barbara Young, whose mother, Mary Ellen Kise, died at Baptist Health Systems in Prattville, Ala.

"The families who have lost loved ones are not only in shock and grieving their losses, but they are concerned that this problem may be more widespread than is now known," Jere L. Beasley, the firm's founding shareholder, said. "We will do everything possible to see that justice is done in this matter.

The bacteria were identified as Serratia marcescens, organisms that can cause infection in several sites on the body including the urinary tract, respiratory tract, eyes, and in wounds.

"Hopefully, these six hospitals will be the only hospitals involved," Beasley said. "But since the product was being distributed from January until the recall on March 24, we are concerned that there may have been others."

INFORMATION SOURCE: Beasley Allen Law Firm

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