recent major survey compiled data from acute care hospitals throughout the nation, and found
that at any given time, approximately one out of every 25 patients has
a hospital-acquired infection. What are hospital-acquired infections (alternatively,
healthcare associated infections)? These are infections patients contract while they are in the hospital.
Common hospital-acquired infections include:
- Gastrointestinal illness
- Urinary tract infections
- Bloodstream infections
- Infections at the surgical site
Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens
Many of these healthcare associated infections are comprised of pathogens
that are resistant to antibiotics, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus
aureus (the species that most commonly causes staph infections) and gram-negative bacilli.
Every year, approximately 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant
bacteria. Out of those individuals, about 23,000 die.
Hospitals recognize the need for a dual approach when combatting hospital-acquired
infections: reducing the presence of these pathogens in the hospitals
and developing more advanced strategies for treating the infections when
patients contract them.
Suing for Negligence
If you or someone you love developed a hospital-acquired infection, we
invite you to contact the
medical malpractice lawyers at Paulson Coletti for a
free review of your case. From our main office in Portland, we represent clients in both Oregon
and Washington who have suffered due to the negligence of a medical professional
or healthcare facility.
Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex, so to determine if you
can sue for negligence regarding a hospital-acquired infection, you need
to consult with an experienced attorney. Get in touch with us today.