Thanks to the media, recent years have seen a spike in reporting of tragic incidents from tainted blood transfusions. Blood type incompatibility is the leading cause of complications from blood transfusions. Hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common diseases from contaminated blood transfusions. Though rare, AIDS is also a possibility. Adverse reactions may result from related issues such as coagulation problems or exposure to incompatible antigens following a blood transfusion. In a soul-searching effort to find answers that led the tragic death of his mother, Elvis Slaughter, author and criminal justice expert, discovers the dark side of healthcare business practices.
Epiphany or Sin is an account of Slaughter’s findings during the final moments of his mother’s ordeal, following tainted blood transfusions at South Shore and Columbus Hospitals in Chicago. Following a critical review of blood transfusion practices by healthcare service providers, his mother’s medical records, and thousands of blood transfusion deaths, Slaughter concludes that more is desirable—despite regulations that guide the industry, the process is complicated, and healthcare employees make mistakes—whenever mistakes happen and lead to tragic incidents, cover-ups are common.
Patients and their families are often unaware of possible complications and rely on decisions made by care providers. Epiphany or Sin, which debuts on August 17, 2015, is a must-read for families and healthcare providers.