Serious Hospital Acquired Infections (Sepsis) Lawyer
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a common healthcare issue, resulting in serious illnesses and even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one out of every 25 hospital patients may acquire an infection during their stay. Prevention is key, but even if an infection occurs, using the correct medical protocol to diagnose and treat infection can stop serious injury to the patient. When medical negligence allows a hospital-acquired infection to occur and progress, it can cause serious injury and even death to the patient.
Bacteria that can cause infection are everywhere and prevalent in a hospital setting, A HAI is an infection that is caused by exposure while in the hospital, not an infection that was present when the patient was admitted. Infection can occur due to poor sterilization of medical equipment, inadequate air filtration, unclean surfaces and hygiene factors with medical staff. Transferring bacteria through catheters, needles, incisions, ventilators and other contact with the patient are the common factors in HAIs.
Dangers of HAIs and Sepsis
An infection can be dangerous, especially to someone who is already ill or recovering from surgery. When the infection becomes rampant, it can escalate to sepsis. The body reacts to serious infection by trying to fight it with chemicals the immune system sends into the bloodstream. Sepsis is an over-reaction, causing extreme inflammation throughout the body. This can lead to organ failure, and septic shock can be fatal.
Patients who acquire an infection while hospitalized and have injuries caused by that infection may be eligible to pursue a medical malpractice claim. If negligence caused the infection or poor medical management of the infection caused injury, the hospital may be liable for the medical costs, loss of income and other damages. Contact Dwayne L. Brown today to schedule a free consultation if you believe you or a family member were injured by a hospital-acquired infection.