Hospitals To Be Fined For Preventable Medical Injuries and Infections

Hospitals To Be Fined For Preventable Medical Injuries and Infections

A recent report in NPR detailed the prevalence of hospital acquired infections, noting that Medicare is now set to penalize roughly 750 hospital with the highest rate of infections, totaling $330 million a year. Although the rate of infections has declined slightly, they are still too common.

In fact, two recent deaths at a Massachusetts hospital from flesh eating bacteria – necrotizing fasciitis – have drawn national attention to the seriousness of the problem.

Statistics from 2012 highlight the frequency of injury - providing that 1 out of every 8 patients suffer a likely preventable hospital error, including hospital-acquired infections. Further, the strains of infections are become more deadly – with infections harder to cure.

If you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of a hospital acquired infection or other complications from a hospital visit, we urge you to consult with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice attorney.

According to reports, beginning in October, a full one-quarter of the nations hospitals, including those in California, will lost 1% of their Medicare payments fro the year.

The first wave of penalties will be assessed against hospitals where patients suffer blood stream infections from the insertion of catheters to infuse chemotherapy, deliver antibiotics, nutrients or other treatments.

The incident of infections from surgical wounds will also be evaluated.

If you believe that you or a loved one has been affected by hospital errors or infections, please contact our dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers to ensure you obtain the justice you deserve.

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