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Another Stanford blood-infection case alleged

San Jose woman files claim against Stanford Hospital and Clinics

A 21-year-old San Jose woman has filed a claim against Stanford Hospital and Clinics alleging that she developed an infection after giving blood at a college blood drive, according to her attorney.

Brittany Cardenas allegedly contracted the infection after donating blood at De Anza Community College on June 3, 2010, according to reports. The claim is the second against Stanford to allege an infection from a blood draw.

Christopher Bui, 43, filed suit against the Stanford Blood Center in June 2009, alleging that he developed a bone infection after giving blood in April 2008. Stanford did not help him, despite expensive surgery that included removing his collar bone and a long recovery, according to Joseph Carcione Jr., attorney for Bui and Cardenas.

"He still has problems related to the injury that manifest in various ways in daily life. Stanford helped him a little bit, but when it got expensive they stopped," Carcione said in a previous interview regarding the case.

The suit alleges medical malpractice and breach of contract, according to Carcione.

"I don't understand. You ask someone to give something of themselves to help you and then you turn your back on him and they say goodbye. If people are giving blood they should be a little more cautious," Carcione said.

Stanford Hospital and Clinics released a statement indicating that it could not comment on the allegations due to patient privacy.

"The Stanford Blood Center is a part of the Stanford University School of Medicine and has long standing and safe procedures in place for the donation of blood by numerous volunteers," Gary Migdol, director of communications for Stanford Hospital and Clinics, said in the statement.

"These procedures have been in place for many years, and the incidence of any complication from a blood donation is rare and usually limited to temporary bruising. Infections related to a blood donation are extremely rare, and often an unrelated cause of the infection is later identified.

"Donations are typically performed by trained nurses with experience in performing blood draws, and are done by way of a single-use needle that is pre-packaged in a sterile container. The needle container is obtained from a manufacturer not owned or affiliated with Stanford, and once the needle has been used for the single donation, it is then discarded."

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