- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts hospital has sued an Ohio company that makes equipment to clean surgical tools, saying the company’s machinery ruined medical instruments and cost the hospital more than $2 million.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/1QVMkRu ) reports that UMass Memorial Medical Center’s federal suit comes about three years after hospital workers discovered black flecks on surgical trays that had gone through the sterilization process.

The problem was initially blamed on the public water supply, but the Worcester hospital alleges it later concluded that deteriorated heating elements in Steris Corp.’s equipment were to blame.

UMass Memorial alleges negligence, misrepresentation, breach of contract and other unfair acts.

Steris wants to suit dismissed, saying UMass Memorial “has not come forward with any sustainable facts that would support an award of damages in its favor.”


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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