Infections occur so frequently in hospitals, and it’s time that we start to worry about it. Almost 100,000 patients die every year due to infection-related illnesses and complications. This number is part of the 1.7 million patients who are infected within hospitals each year. If this statistic is shocking to you, that is not uncommon; many patients do not know the risk that comes with a hospital stay, and many do not realize they need a medical malpractice lawyer. Read on to learn all about a hospital’s liability for infections that can occur while you or a loved one is undergoing inpatient care.
One of the most commonly transmitted infections within hospitals is methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection, or MRSA. You probably know this infection by its other name: a staph infection. This particular type of staph infection is resistant to antibiotics, making it a huge problem. It’s nearly impossible to get rid of it, and it’s easily misdiagnosed. When combined with other tame illnesses, like the cold or flu, MRSA will make the body particularly prone to severe symptoms, which could lead to death.
How Can an Infection be Medical Malpractice?
When a patient is admitted to a medical facility, they should be able to believe in good faith that the establishment will aid their ailment, instead of making them more ill. This concept is why a staph infection transmitted within a hospital can be considered medical malpractice. In many cases, the cause for infection is due to a mistake. Often, patients are not told about the risk of staph infection when they’re admitted to hospitals, which can qualify as lack of informed consent. During surgery, patients are particularly prone to staph infections like MRSA, due to their open wounds. And, if proper sterilization protocol isn’t followed by hospital staff, they run the risk of infecting a patient with MRSA. When being treated for an ailment or injury, you should be able to trust that your medical facility will take the most care possible to keep you safe and healthy. If you were not informed of any danger when admitted, and you or a loved one has contracted an infection like MRSA, you should immediately contact a medical malpractice lawyer.
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