Second lawsuit filed related to contaminated IV death

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - Montgomery based law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis and Miles, P.C., filed a second wrongful death lawsuit involving IV packs filled with liquid nutritional supplements that were contaminated. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of Lyndal Robinson, whose mother, Jewell Robinson, died after receiving contaminated total parenteral nutrition (TPN) at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Shelby County, Alabama. The lawsuit names Birmingham-based pharmaceutical supplier Meds I.V. LLC as the primary defendant.

"Mrs. Robinson, a lifelong resident of Chilton County, died because a product that was supposed to sustain life was actually the very thing that killed her," Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley said. "We are concerned that there will be more deaths and serious injuries reported before this ordeal is over. Mrs. Robinson's family wants to see justice done and those responsible made accountable for this wrongdoing. We intend to do whatever is necessary to make sure that happens."

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. TPN is administered intravenously and is used in patients who cannot or should not get their nutrition through eating. In this case the bacteria entered the bloodstream due to the contaminated IV fluids.

The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court for Chilton County, Ala. The Defendants manufactured and distributed the contaminated TPN and should have known that the product was defective at the time it was placed in the stream of commerce.

Shelby Baptist Medical Center is one of six hospitals identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where infections were confirmed. The other facilities are Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, Medical West, Prattville Baptist Hospital and Select Specialty Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital that operates within Trinity Medical Center.

Defendants named in the lawsuit are Meds I.V. LLC, Edward Cingoranelli, William Rogers and Bill Vise.

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Information from Beasley, Allen news release