A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History (Paperback)

A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History By Travis T. Bennington, Evelyn V. McKnight Cover Image
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In the small farming community of Fremont, Nebraska, townspeople eagerly welcomed an acclaimed doctor as the first full-time oncologist at their new cancer treatment center-but the fanfare soon turned into a nightmare.
During chemotherapy treatments, 857 patients who were already waging the fights of their lives against cancer, were inexplicably exposed to the deadly, blood-borne hepatitis C virus. At least ninety-nine of them contracted the lethal illness. The horror was unprecedented-this was the largest healthcare-transmitted outbreak of hepatitis C in American history.
A Never Event-a term used to describe a preventable medical tragedy-is a searing story of recklessness, deception and betrayal. It's part mystery, part courtroom drama.
Written by a survivor of the tragedy and an attorney who represented many of the victims, A Never Event is a wake-up call to medical and legal communities nationwide.
" A] harrowing account... I commend McKnight's] advocacy and efforts to raise awareness about healthcare-related infections and other potentially life-threatening illnesses."-Hon. Shelley Berkley, congresswoman, Nevada
"The wake-up call to doctors, nurses and to patients."-Joe Hardy, MD, Nevada State Assembly
"A 'must-read' for patients." -Charles Stokes, president and CEO, CDC Foundation
" McKnight's] story has provided hope to people across the nation."-Lawrence Sands, DO, MPH

About the Author

Evelyn V. McKnight contracted the chronic hepatitis C virus during the Nebraska outbreak. She co-founded the patient advocacy organization HONOReform, which has been recognized by CBS, CNN's American Morning, USA Today, The Associated Press and Newsday. Travis T. Bennington is a practicing civil trial attorney who successfully represented nineteen victims of the Nebraska hepatitis C tragedy. Mr. Bennington is also a co-founder of HONOReform. A portion of the profits from this book will go to the HONOReform Foundation. www.HONOReform.org
Product Details
ISBN: 9780615394978
ISBN-10: 0615394973
Publisher: History Examined, LLC
Publication Date: July 22nd, 2014
Pages: 360
Language: English