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A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History Kindle Edition

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Dr. McKnight's efforts and her own harrowing account have helped to bring important attention to the root causes of these avoidable tragedies. I commend her advocacy and efforts to raise awareness about the impacts of healthcare related infections involving hepatitis C and other potentially life threatening illnesses. --Shelley Berkley, congresswoman, Nevada

This will be the wake-up call to doctors, nurses and to patients. Everyone's concerns for patient safety should be resolved, reporting systems should be immediately linked and swift action should be encouraged to protect all patients. This book will be the text for all ethical healthcare providers. --Joe Hardy, MD Nevada State Assembly

This is a 'must-read' for hospital and clinic administrators, providers and especially patients. It is up to each of us in our respective roles to proactively assure that what happened to Evelyn McKnight and is happening in alarming numbers to other patients across the country, doesn't happen under our watch or in our personal care situation. --Charles Stokes, CEO of CDC Foundation

About the Author

Evelyn McKnight, a two-time survivor of breast cancer, lives with the chronic hepatitis C that she contracted during the Nebraska outbreak. Using the money from her settlement against the oncology clinic, she founded the patient advocacy foundation HONOReform, which has been recognized by CBS, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, American Morning, USA Today, The Associated Press and Newsday. Evelyn is a renown patient safety advocate and frequently speaks at healthcare conferences throughout the country. Travis 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.

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  • File Size: 3170 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: History Examined, LLC (October 10, 2008)
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H75RHE
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Barnes on September 13, 2011
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This title was a selection for my book group, and I approached reading it with dread that it would be so steeped in medical jargon that I would get lost. This is definitely not the case. The authors used just the right blend of medical facts with the humanity of the patients involved. Discussion and interest at the book group was stimulating. Many husbands came with wives in the hope of unnderstanding how this "never event" happened. The book includes a useful timeline of the Nebraska Hepatitis C Outbreak and information about Hepatitis C. Read it on your own or make it a book group selection--just read it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doctor S on May 11, 2012
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I just finished reading A Never Event, by McKnight and Bennington. It's a gripping and suspenseful account of human error--in healthcare, in the legal system. Because of the clarity of narration, giving you the impression all along with way that you are there, the reader can almost forget that many lives, a decade ago in Fremont, Nebraska, were at stake. It clearly took a lot of courage for these authors to tell this sad and intricate story. Because I work in health care, I know this is not just a once in a lifetime scenario. To prevent future outbreaks in the United States, this is a book that needs to be included on every healthcare worker's reading list.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doc on July 18, 2012
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This book is a must read for patients, healthcare workers, healthcare administrators and anyone else who loves an excellent true story. This will force you be certain that if you are a healthcare worker,you will always be sure you do the right thing, and if you are not, you will watch to be sure your caregiver is doing the right thing. Bravo to Evelyn McKnight and Travis Bennington for recounting with the TRUTH the harsh reality of what could happen to any one of us! Thank you for sharing this, the truth was evident with every page!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EE on May 24, 2012
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This "true" story is one of the best books that I have ever read and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE that is able to read. The TRUTH, startling facts, will bring you to tears and enlightenment, all due to negligence and totally unethical practices by limited key health care professionals in an Out Patient Clinic. The extend of damage is uncomprehending for the patients and their loved one. Health professional must be held accountable. The law must protect the innocent general public and guarantee that victims will be able to cover their enormous medical bills for the duration of their disease or life expectancy(which ever is longest). The negligent health care practitioners were merely slapped on the wrist and surrendered their licenses due to Nebraska law, however they most unfortunately did not serve any jail time for the damages and deaths that occurred as a result of their actions. Mrs. McKnight is not only a victim & survivor, but also a pioneer in spreading the word & creating HONOReform. Numerous victims share their personal stories and impact on their lives, and the lives of everyone in their inner circles. With all of the medical procedures that are done in the United States alone, "YOU" (the patient) MUST be aware of all health care practitioners practices. If you think something is wrong-it most likely is. The professionals administering patient care must diligently practice quality Infection Prevention Practices. Thousands of RED FLAGS went unnoticed, over and over again, during this entire tragic event...due to friendships, politics and technicalities. If we don't learn from the errors of our ways then we are bound to repeat them. The entire country needs to get on board with this one. First there was Nebraska, then Nevada...who is next? This book will not only change your life, but also your practice as a patient and/or professional. I can not thank the authors enough for sharing this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scammajamma on April 4, 2012
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This is the amazing story of the largest outbreak of hepatitis C created by a healthcare provider in American history. It is the story of the devastation caused by Dr Tahir Javed in his Freemont (Nebraska) Cancer Center; an outbreak that first became known around 2002. It is written by Evelyn McKnight, a victim herself, as she tries to navigate through a medical system that seems at times designed for the sole purpose of protecting it's own self interest. The hospital where this happened even fought her attempt to publish the truth of what happened in this book. She includes the stories of others enduring their own version of this disaster as it progresses through painful medical treatments, the courts, and the media. It is at times shocking and depressing, but I never got over the sense of frustration when presented with the multiple levels of failure to safeguard the public by many who were responsible for doing so along the way. It's a true story that never should've happened. Even as some of the victims died, Evelyn continued on in her fight for victory over this deadly disease. As a testament to the person she is, she avoided becoming embittered and has gone on to establish the non-profit HONOReform Foundation organization in an attempt to make sure that others won't have to suffer as she has.

As a paramedic and RN with over 20 years experience, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to any healthcare provider no matter their level of training. For those in the medical field I believe it is a "must read" for anyone who believes in the maximum "first, do no further harm" when treating their patients.

But one must not be a medical professional to understand and appreciate this book. Mrs.
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