Hospital Infections Affect One in 25 Patients: Are You Part of the Statistics?
Hospital acquired infections can be devastating for patients. Many individuals aren’t aware that when they go to a hospital for treatment of their ailments, they could be exposed to an infection that could prolong their recovery from the health condition or injury for which they initially sought treatment.
According to a HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, an estimated 40,000 harmful and/or lethal errors occur in hospitals daily. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in 25 patients contract a hospital acquired infection. To make matters worse, some infections acquired in hospital settings are antibiotic resistant and difficult to treat, requiring long-term care for patients who suffer from them. If an infection remains untreated for an extended period, then a patient runs the risk of developing conditions that can potentially be fatal, such as sepsis.
There are several risk factors associated with hospital infections including:
- building surfaces and medical devices not being sanitized properly
- nurses and hospital staff not washing and sanitizing their hands regularly or when they go from patient to patient
- HVAC filtration systems that are of substandard quality or poorly maintained
- actively ill or contagious patients not being quarantined from patients whose immune systems have been compromised
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Hospital Infections and Medical Malpractice Law
The law allows patients who have suffered a hospital acquired infection to hold hospitals accountable for the negligence or misconduct of staff that led to their harm. Personal injury attorney Rand Spear helps victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey who need help getting justice, maximum compensation, and medical care for their case. The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer has more than three decades of legal experience helping personal injury victims and their families obtain fair compensation for damages imposed on them by the wrongful actions of others.
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If you have been a victim of a hospital acquired infection or any hospital or doctor related illness or injury and are seeking recovery for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other related damages, it is important to take prompt legal action so that evidence is preserved and time does not run out for filing your claim. Don’t let a hospital’s excuses for why you became ill under their watch stand. Call the law offices of Philadelphia hospital infection attorney Rand Spear today to get help with your case. Call now to speak directly to Rand Spear, The Accident Lawyer.