United Press International (01/30/90)
New York--Lawyers for Veronica Prego presented evidence Tuesday that
King's County Medical Center violated its own rules on the disposal of
infectious medical waste. Prego's lawyers presented a sign that read
"syringes and needles be placed in containers in the patients' rooms" for
later disposal. Prego and other doctors, however, have testified that
there were no such containers in patients' rooms. Instead, health care
workers had to carry needles in their hands down a hallway to dispose of
them. Lawyers for the hospital disputed claims that the sign was in
place in January 1983 when Prego was stuck with a contaminated needle.
They cited a deposition by defendant Joyce Fogel, who said she was not
sure if the sign was posted when Prego suffered the injury. Prego's
lawyer, Diane Wilner, said the Health and Hospital Corp. produced the
sign when Wilner's firm subpoenaed all signs in place in that part of the
hospital in 1983.