Hospital Acquired Infections May Be the Result of Medical Negligence

Hospital Acquired Infections May Be the Result of Medical Negligence

Increasingly, the hospital you go to for a needed surgery or routine tests and screenings may actually make you sicker. Statistics reveal that hospital acquired infections are prevalent. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that each day in the United States, at least one in 25 patients at a hospital develops an infection. The most common types of infections include blood stream infections, staph infections, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and, urinary tract infections. Many times, patients who are admitted to hospitals already have weakened immune systems, making them even more susceptible and vulnerable to infections.

Infections may occur for a variety of reasons, but often are due to a hospitals’ failure to provide adequate sanitation and cleaning. This includes the failure to adequately sanitize medical instruments, linens, or other equipment. Infections can also occur when doctors, nurses and other staff fail to wash or otherwise sanitize their hands, and spread germs from one patient to the next. In some cases, the air that patient’s breath may spread harmful viruses or bacteria. As a result, it is crucial that each hospital follow strict protocol to prevent infections from occurring. Once infected, it some cases it can take months – even years – for a patient to rid their body of the infection.

If the infection was caused because of careless or reckless regard to sanitation, the hospital may be found liable and required to pay damages.

For more information or If you have been harmed as a result of a hospital acquired infection, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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