About 1 in every 25 patients in the hospital will develop some type of infection during his hospitalization, according to data presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While nearly half of all of these hospital-acquired infections (HIAs) develop in patients who are in intensive care units (ICUs), approximately 75,000 patients who develop infections during their hospital stays reportedly die due to these health complications.
As the CDC reports, the most common types of infections that hospital patients develop include:
- Pneumonia and surgical site infections, which each account for nearly 22 percent of the hospital-acquired infections (respectively)
- Gastrointestinal (GI) infections, comprising about 17 percent of HIAs
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs), accounting for nearly 13 percent of HIAs
- Sepsis (blood infections, which can be life-threatening), which comprise nearly 10 percent of HIAs.
When Malpractice Causes Hospital-Acquired Infections
In some cases, HIAs may arise due to unforeseen or unpreventable factors – like, for instance, patients having severely weakened immune systems due to the heath conditions that led to their hospitalization in the first place. In other cases, however, the mistakes of doctors, nurses or other medical professionals have made may contribute to patients’ development of new infections during their hospitalization.
Some specific examples of these mistakes, which can be the basis for malpractice claims, include (but are not limited to):
- Not properly cleaning surgical wounds and/or leaving surgical instruments inside of patients
- Failing to change bedding, surgical dressings, etc.
- Storing clean linens near contaminated materials or wastes
- Failing to use sterile instruments on patients
- Failing to diagnose conditions that can give rise to serious infections
- Administering the wrong medications to patients
Mount Vernon Malpractice Lawyers at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.
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