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Hospital Acquired Infections

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A visit to the hospital should not result in another injury. Unfortunately, errors in hospitals lead to a variety of preventable adverse events such as infections. These infections can be treatable, but if left undiagnosed or otherwise not tended to, they can be incredibly damaging and potentially fatal.

If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered from an infection due to hospital treatment, you may have a case for malpractice. Hospital-acquired infections can be life-altering and even result in disability if not treated promptly. Patients have rights, and they should be protected. Get representation from a qualified and dedicated attorney today. The Law Firm of Joseph F. Brown, MD, JD, PLLC - Physician and Attorney at Law is awaiting your call, and will fight for your justice and compensation.

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What types of infections are there?

Hospital-acquired infections fall into different categories, and occur under varying circumstances. The four most common categories are:

  • Bloodstream Infection (BSI)
  • Pneumonia (which can cause other types of injuries in frail patients)
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Surgical Site Infection (SSI)

One of the most common causes of an infection is dirty hands or instruments. Other infections are linked to the misuse of catheters, especially in the very young and the elderly. Urinary tract infections are relatively commonplace, but one developed at any point in time during treatment can spread to the kidneys and possibly cause permanent injury. Infections can also be caused by unhygienic water sources. Improper care of patients can result in the development of a new infection or the worsening of a current, less noticeable infection.

Sepsis

One of the deadliest bloodstream infections is called sepsis or septic shock, which has several different origin points. Immuno-compromised people are especially at risk. Some side effects include kidney failure, gangrene (which may require amputation), and memory loss. Sepsis can be treated with antibiotics, but treatment depends on the severity of the infection, and at what time it is caught. Septic shock can be caused by:

  • Bedsores - frequently developed when patients are left unattended and ignored for long periods of time.
  • IV's - these come in direct contact with the bloodstream, and sepsis is a risk at a non-sanitized or contaminated IV site.
  • Surgery wounds - Post-surgery recovery usually involves rounds of antibiotic treatment, partially to avoid and prevent sepsis. Without proper administration of medication, sepsis can develop.

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Infections can become deadly fast. If an infection is developed by fault of a hospital provider, the victim needs a trusted lawyer on their side to get the justice they deserve. Contact our firm today for a free case evaluation, and we can help determine the best legal course of action for you to get your compensation.

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