Hospital Acquired Infection Lawyers
When you enter a hospital, the last thing you want is to end up sicker than you started. But that happens all too frequently in U.S. hospitals, often because of preventable problems. We place our trust in medical professionals and hospital personnel to help us to recover from illnesses, injuries and diseases. The concept that a serious infection could be contracted through medical treatment is not generally known. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people suffer hospital acquired infections (HAI) while being treated in a hospital.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in a recent year, a staggering 721,800 people contracted healthcare-associated infections while being treated in acute care hospitals in the USA.
Most Common Types of Hospital Acquired Infections
Among the infections typically contracted by patients as a result of staying in a healthcare facility are bloodstream infections, pneumonia, staph infections, surgical site infections, and urinary tract infections.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
The most common hospital-acquired infection is urinary tract infection (UTI), which accounts for almost 40 percent of all nosocomial infections. According to the CDC, a leading cause of UTI’s: urinary catheters. More than 30 percent of hospital-acquired infections involve those devices, making catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) one of the most common kinds of hospital-acquired infections.
Surgical Site Infections (SSI)
Your skin is a natural barrier against infection. Even with many precautions and protocols to prevent infection in place, any surgery that causes a break in the skin can lead to an infection. Doctors call these infections surgical site infections (SSIs) because they occur on the part of the body where the surgery took place. An SSI typically occurs within 30 days after surgery.
This type of infection is extremely detrimental to the health of the patient. There are many bloodstream infections one can acquire in a hospital: hepatitis A, B, and C; HIV and AIDS; mumps; tuberculosis; and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent material), causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing.
Staph can be spread person-to-person and is very contagious. Staph infections, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), most frequently occur among people in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems.
If you have any questions regarding hospital-acquired infections, or if you’re looking to seek legal advice, our medical malpractice lawyers can help you today. Don’t hesitate to contact our team of lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116. We are hard-working lawyers for hard-working people.