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Hospital Infections

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When patients are hospitalized to treat an injury or illness, they expect to get better. But some develop an infection during their hospital stay that leaves them in even worse health. Hospitals are required to take steps to prevent these types of infections. When their neglect leads to infection, the medical malpractice attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC help victims recover compensation.

Hospital infections, also known as nosocomial infections or hospital-acquired infections, are able to spread due to several different factors. Another patient or staff member could be infected without knowing and then spread the bacteria around the hospital. And poor management and faulty procedures at a hospital create the conditions that allow an infection to spread.

The three most common types of hospital infections are:

  • Bloodstream infections - Bacteria enters the bloodstream through a wound, during a surgery or from an injection. In some cases, a patient may have this infection (known as bacteremia) and not display any symptoms. In other cases, they could have a fever or undergo septic shock.
  • Pneumonia - This lung infection may appear as a cough and the person could have difficulty breathing. Healthcare-associated pneumonia is often more severe because the people are already battling some other form of sickness.
  • Urinary tract infections - These infections affect the urinary tract, the bladder, and the kidneys. If bacteria enter any of these areas, the rest could be affected. Symptoms include pain during urination, tender stomach, fever, chills, nausea, and kidney pain. These infections can become serious not treated correctly.

Patients in a hospital because they are ill or need surgery are likely to have a weakened immune system, leaving them less able to fight off an infection. Young children and elderly patients are also at an increased risk. And devices used by a hospital such as catheters, IVs, and surgical drains can act as a pathway for germs to enter into the patient's body. Patients who are receiving certain types of treatments - such as blood transfusion, immunosuppression and antimicrobial therapy - also face an increased risk of infection.

We fight back against negligence in medical facilities

Hospital staff members need to practice proper sterilization, isolation, handwashing, and sanitation in order to protect patients. If the hospital does not take the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of a hospital infection, they could be held responsible for the patient's condition.

If you or a loved one suffered because of a hospital infection, contact us for a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We hold negligent hospitals accountable and fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve.

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