Anyone in Kansas City who goes to the doctor or the hospital expects to be treated thoroughly and safely. We trust that our doctors -- professionals who spent many years of schooling learning their trade -- will help us, or at least not hurt us. Unfortunately, by now, many people know that hospitals are not always the safest places to be, and one recent incident may leave some worried about their next visit.
A hospital in North Carolina failed to fully sterilize medical instruments it used on a patient with Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease. This rare brain disorder affects up to 300 people a year in the U.S. Once symptoms become noticeable, a patient usually has six months left to live. There is no cure. By failing to properly sterilize the instruments, the hospital put several other patients at risk of contracting the disease.