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When you’re in a hospital, chances are your immune system is already compromised. Infections can occur in any hospital and cannot be completely eliminated even with the best of care. Some infections are actually brought to the hospital by the patients. However, infections must be promptly and appropriately addressed by nurses and doctors. These are often easily treatable if caught right away.
When hospitals don’t maintain extreme cleanliness and sanitation, your health may suffer as a result. This includes anything from failing to keep surgical tools clean and employees not washing their hands to dysfunctional air filtration systems. If you or a loved one has become infected after your stay at a hospital, and the doctors did not immediately treat you for it, you could become seriously injured. If the symptoms linger, they could lead to sepsis or septic shock.
Common Hospital Acquired Infections are:
MRSA methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus – serious injuries and life-threatening disease, it is an advanced form of staph infection
C. Diff Clostridium difficile – this infection is a significant cause of colitis – like MRSA, the C. Diff bacteria infections are resistant to many antibiotics
Bacteria signs and symptoms of this type of infection, generally treatable with antibiotic therapy, include redness, hot to touch, swelling, pain and fever
Viral these types of pathogens or body invaders are generally systemic, meaning they populate inside body vessels, organs, tissues, including a deadly virus
Pneumonia or respiratory disease which can be fatal, especially in older adults or if compromised by an underlying infection such as AIDS or another immune deficiency
Infection medical malpractice is not necessarily contracting infections during an admission or inpatient stay in the hospital, but rather the failure to timely determine (as by blood culture) that you have an infection and to properly treat such infection or pathogen as by antibiotic therapeutics. When you’re having a surgical procedure done in a hospital, you should be aware of the risk of contracting a staph or other type of infection; if the hospital failed to provide you with a consent form to sign, this should be a red flag that may entitle you to a malpractice claim. If you believe the hospital has acted negligently during your stay, contact Clark and Mitchell P.C. today.