Dirty Needle Forces Rock Band to Cancel Tour
Travis Barker, American musician, songwriter, and lead drummer of rock band Blink-182, has been unable to perform for the majority of the year due to his ongoing health concerns. Barker is claiming his serious, prolonged health issues are a result of medical malpractice and intends to sue the facilities in which he experienced negligence.
Barker was diagnosed with blood clots in June 2018 and was given hopeful news that the clots would not travel to his lungs due to the location in both of his arms. Barker’s doctor did, however, advise against drumming during treatment as the motion would aggravate inflammation and slow down the healing process. He was prescribed steroids, anti-inflammatory medication, blood thinners, and physical therapy to treat the clots, but was later hospitalized due to several complications including a staph infection.
Barker is claiming his health issues began after technicians used a dirty needle while sedating him for a routine MRI. Barker claims the staff could not properly locate his vein, leading them to use the needle over 40 times in an attempt to successfully insert the IV.
The staph infection, combined with the nerve damage sustained from the dirty needle, have prevented him from performing with Blink-182 for several months, leading to the cancellation of multiple shows and the postponement of the band’s residency in Las Vegas.
The Medical Imaging Center in Santa Monica, California is the defendant in this case.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits as a Result of Dirty Needles
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 150,000 patients have been exposed to dirty needles or used medicine since 2001. Two-thirds of these patients have been exposed to unclean needles or medicine in the past four years alone, with even more left unreported. This form of medical malpractice can be extremely dangerous and puts patients at risk for several diseases including HIV, Hepatitis, and MRSA.
Sometimes called needle-stick or sharps injuries, other infections that can be transmitted through contaminated blood include cytomegalovirus (CMV), a lifelong virus that can cause eventual hearing loss and liver problems, and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which can cause infectious mononucleosis, also known as “mono”.
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