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The dangers of hospital-acquired infections

Hospital-acquired infections can pose a serious risk to all patients, but particularly those who are already in a vulnerable state of health. Those who have suffered infections due to the negligence of a hospital nurse, doctor or other entity may want to consider their legal options following recovery.

The Centers for Disease Control has estimated that 1.7 million people receive infections in hospitals every year. Other sources suggest that the figure is much higher.

Many researchers are particularly concerned with one type of infection, known as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria, or MRSA. This type of infection is resistant to most antibiotics. According to some researchers, MRSA went from being a rare type of infection to one that affects as much as 2.4 percent of all hospital patients in the United States. 

From basic handwashing techniques by workers and visitors to proper screening of incoming patients, it is possible to avoid countless cases of damaging or deadly infections. Additional ways hospital infections can be prevented include utilizing technologies such as antibiotic-impregnated catheters and testing patients for MRSA bacteria, use of pre-surgery antibiotics.

When medical care providers fail to take sufficient safety precautions, and a patient is injured as a result, the injured may seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.  A New Jersey medical malpractice firm can help a victim of doctor errors, or his or her family, reach important conclusions about their medical situation and legal options.

Source: Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, “Be a part of the solution,” accessed May 14, 2016

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