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Hospital Infections: Did Being in the Hospital Make My Illness Worse?

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July 14, 2017 | Medical Malpractice |

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Some of the most important things that a patient, or you as the patient’s family, need to be aware of in a medical institute are the Do’s and Don’t of the hospital. This is important because it is common for people to acquire a new illness while surrounded with harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi in a hospital.

You realize you are in a building full of people who are all sick in their own way and take extra precautions, like washing your hands regularly, to prevent additional illnesses. The last thing you should have to think about is whether your nurse or physician washed their hands before treating you.

What is a Hospital Infection?

Hospital infections, also known as nosocomial infections, are illnesses acquired two to three after days being admitted to a hospital or similar medical facility. There are many different types of infections that can be acquired and a few potential causes; medical malpractice is one of the more common causes of hospital infections.

Who Acquires Hospital Infections?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that roughly 5 to 10 percent of patients admitted into medical facilities acquire some type of infection. These patients typically include young children, the elderly, or people whose immune system has been compromised during their treatment. This means the people who get these infections are usually the least likely to be able to fight them off.

It is important that you defend against such infections. However, while being treated, you may find it hard to be aware of all the possible causes of infections that you’re facing. Your nurses and physicians should follow protocols to keep you healthy. If they fail to do this, you may need to contact an attorney that can help you build a case against the medical institution.

Certain Infections Are More Common Than Others

Though there is a wide variety of infections and issues a person can acquire during their time in a medical facility, there are a few that seem to occur more frequently. These include:

  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)
  • Catheter-Associate Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
  • Surgical Site Infection (SSI)
  • Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

These infections are caused by micro-organisms such as the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that are found in the hospital. For example, a urinary tract infection can be acquired by through the insertion of a Foley catheter that has not been properly maintained and removed from the patient – potentially involving a case of medical malpractice.

If you believe you or a loved one has been involved in a case of medical malpractice, you may still have time to file a claim and potentially receive the justice you deserve.

What Are Some Consequences of Hospital Infections?

As mentioned earlier, a hospital infection is an illness acquired two to three days after being admitted into a medical facility. Not only does this mean you and your loved ones will have to deal with the emotional impact of a new illness, but it also means you will have to begin the diagnosis and treatment process all over again. This means:

Which can include:

  • Potentially harmful new illness
  • Longer recovery time
  • Extended stay in the hospital
  • Increased medical costs associated with extended stay

Also, some hospitals may fail to take ownership of the new infection you’re dealing with. You should not be responsible for paying any additional charges for an illness arose due to medical malpractice.

Where Do You Turn For Help?

If you are living in the Indianapolis area and believe you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, you are not alone. You have access to a competent, trustworthy, and ethical team of attorneys that will help you every step of the way. Contact Wilson, Kehoe & Winingham, LLC. at 317-920-6400 for a free case evaluation today.

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