Hospital Borne Infections Contribute to 100,000 Deaths Every Year
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospital-acquired infections contribute to approximately 99,000 deaths every year. As if that isn't shocking enough, this figure still does not account for the countless others who suffer from non-fatal, yet serious, side-effects. Studies have shown that a patient could be exposed to nearly 1.7 million different types of bacteria, fungi and parasites while under the care of a hospital, as cross-transmission is fairly commonplace in busy medical environments. Not only can this cause further complications for an ill or injured patient, but it could potentially delay or even derail their recovery completely.
Statistics show that nearly 36% of all hospital borne infections can be prevented by a stricter adherence to medical guidelines. This means that hospitals across the country routinely fail to keep their patients safe. Fortunately, you can take a stand with the help of a Tucson personal injury attorney from our firm. If you or someone you love has acquired an infection while being treated in a medical facility, you may be entitled to compensation. Hospitals have a responsibility to maintain a reasonably clean environment for their patients—especially when performing invasive medical procedures—so it is your right to hold them accountable if they have negligently failed to do so.
The Most Common Culprits of Hospital-Acquired Infections
Although there are a number of factors that could contribute to the contraction of a hospital borne infection, most can be prevented. Apart from regularly washing their hands, keeping hospital rooms clean and using sterile equipment, staff members must also abide by strict medical guidelines. For example, any of the following could put a patient at risk of developing an infection:
- Providing inadequate post-operative care
- Administering antibiotics for more than 10 days
- Failing to disinfect all touch surfaces in a patient's room
- Using unsterile invasive devices (catheters, IV lines, etc.)
- Treating patients while suffering from an illness