It’s difficult to imagine that a patient could enter the hospital to treat one condition and wind up in worse shape. Unfortunately contracting infections during a hospital stay is a surprisingly common occurrence in American hospitals and medical facilities.A recent article in the Washington Post reports that “deadly yet easily preventable bloodstream infections continue to plague American hospitals because facility administrators fail to commit resources and attention to the problem.” This could result in a longer stay in the hospital and additional medical costs. In addition, there is the frightening reality that many hospital infections have the potential to be fatal.Many hospital infections in Aurora and elsewhere in the country could be prevented by following procedures that should be commonplace in hospitals.Procedures that can help prevent hospital infections in Aurora include:
- Thoroughly washing hands with soap;
- Applying an antiseptic to the patient’s area of skin before a procedure;
- Putting sterile drapes over the patient’s entire body;
- Wearing sterile gloves, gown, hat and mask;
- Placing a sterile dressing over the site of a catheter; and
- Sterilizing equipment, surgical tools, bedding and any other object that comes in contact with a patient.
If you have experienced a serious illness or injury caused by a preventable hospital infection, contact an Aurora medical malpractice lawyer who is familiar with cases involving hospital-acquired infections. To learn more about the factors involved in a hospital infection claim, visit our article library. Contacting an Aurora Medical Malpractice LawyerAt the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C, our Aurora medical malpractice lawyer team will examine all aspects of your claim, determine liability, and aggressively pursue the full amount of compensation due to you or your loved one for any injuries or loss of life due to medical malpractice. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 312-263-1080.