Contamination And Diseases Caught While In The Hospital

by feedster on August 20, 2010

Hospitals as well as other medical facilities commonly overlook their duty to provide patients with a clean and safe environment in which to receive medical treatment. In actual fact, a 2002 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that approximately 1.7 million healthcare associated infections (HAIs) as well as approximately 99,000 connected deaths occurred in American hospitals during that year alone. The sad thing is, most resulted from negligence (failure to exercise that level of skill and care generally required of professionals in similar situations) on the part of a medical facility staff and/or medical professionals. A skilled personal injury attorney will have practical experience representing individuals injured by hospital acquired infections and diseases and stand prepared to assist you.

Using apparatus which has not been thoroughly sterilized or disinfected is a big safety issue and a major reason for the transmission of HAIs and disease. This is illustrated by a recent paper article which reports that possibly 1200 veterans could have been exposed to infections after undergoing treatment with badly sterilized equipment in the ENT clinic at the Veterans Administration Hospital (VA) in Athens-Clarke County Georgia. (Augusta Chronicle 9/9/09) Procedures which utilize endoscopes, syringes, medical devices, multi-dose vials along with other varieties of reusable equipment require diligence in sterilization and disinfection on the part of healthcare practitioners. More often than not, however, negligence occurs and an infection or disease is transmitted to an otherwise healthy patient.

Types of infections and diseases frequently transmitted are:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • E-Coli
  • Salmonella
  • Tuberculosis
  • HIV (AIDS)
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • Staphylococcus (Staph infection)

If you or anyone you know has suffered this type of injury, contact a competent accident attorney for a free consultation to find out about filing a medical malpractice claim.

Call a Personal Injury Attorney in Athens immediately if you have been affected by an accidental injury.

A Wrongful Death Law Firm in Athens GA may be able to help get you the compensation that’s rightfully yours.

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