Hospital infections may not be expected, but they are occurring more and more at aggressive rates.
In January 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data that suggested that 1 out of every 25 hospital patients experience at least one hospital infection. In previous years, there were a total of 722,000 healthcare associated infections. 75,000 of these hospital patients died because of the infection.
With hospital infections at such high rates, you may require the assistance of a trustworthy medical malpractice attorney.
Gainesville, FL, Hospital Infection Attorneys
We seek hospitals as a place of refuge. With an array of medical professionals and advanced equipment, people travel to hospitals with hopes of correcting an illness, restoring health, and becoming healthier overall.
Despite the purpose of a hospital being a place to prevent and correct infections and diseases, they are often the place where many people extract infections that they otherwise would not have been exposed to. When hospital infections occur, you can count on experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts to help you receive compensation.
The Severity of Hospital Infections
Hospitals are filled with numerous ill patients. These people may have serious, life-threatening diseases such as HIV, plagues and tuberculosis. These contagious illnesses require medical professionals to take extra precautions in order to keep everyone in the hospital safe, while also caring for the patient. A medical professional’s minor error can cause a series of catastrophic events for innocent people, nearby patients, or the patient who is currently being treated.
Hospital infections should not be taken lightly. They have been shown to exacerbate existing conditions, causing a person to become extremely ill or even lose his/her life. Sometimes, hospital infections can merge with existing viruses, creating an illness that is totally unidentifiable and untreatable.
Hospitals often have an overwhelming number of infants, children and elderly patients, all who likely have a weakened immune system. This can lead to even mild illnesses or infections becoming a life-threatening danger.
Most hospital infections are the result of the following:
In hospitals, it is crucial that medical professionals follow appropriate standards of cleanliness. This may include:
- Washing hands before and after dealing with patients
- Wearing protective garments (i.e. masks, gloves, hair bonnets, etc.)
- Sanitizing medical tools thoroughly
Hospital bed sheets should be cleansed and replaced regularly, especially when an accident occurs. Further, the air in hospitals should be set at a consistent degree (usually colder temperatures) as to prevent viruses from spreading and multiplying in the air. When medical professionals fail to prioritize sanitation, patients can suffer tremendously.
Another common form of medical malpractice that may result in hospital infections is improper treatment. Medical professionals undergo numerous years of training in efforts to treat patients’ illnesses properly. They should use alcohol and bandages when necessary. They are also expected to inform patients of proper techniques to cleanse and take care of their respective wounds and/or illnesses during the doctor’s absence. Failure to do so may result in a serious infection, making the hospital and all of its employees directly responsible.
The failure to diagnose a medical condition can also lead to the spread of hospital infections throughout a patient's body. If you believe a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis has harmed you or a loved one, contact our personal injury lawyers today.
Is a Hospital Infection Waiting for You?
Medical professionals have major responsibilities to society. When hospital infections occur, the consequences can impact multiple people. Not only will the patient and his/her family have to deal with the ramifications of medical negligence, but such infections of patients can spread to others when he/she returns home. There is absolutely no reason for this to be acceptable.
Almost every person will step into a hospital at least one during his/her lifetime. Could you become the next victim of a hospital infection?
Allow the personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts in Gainesville, FL, to help you receive compensation after you or your loved one contracts a hospital infection.
Contact us today.