LEGAL ACTION AGAINST UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDICAL CENTER

“Victoria Martin, a previously unnamed patient at the hospital, has stepped forward and filed a legal claim against the hospital.

A total of five patients who had been treated in the Cascade Tower have been found to be infected with [Legionella], including two who died. An ice machine, a sink, and all nine of the heater/cooler units used to regulate blood temperature during cardiac surgery tested positive for Legionella, according to UWMC.

The cause of death for the deceased patients was not Legionnaires’ disease, though that has not been ruled out of playing a part, according to the UWMC” – The Daily of the University of Washington