1 in 25 Patients Have Hospital-Acquired Infections

Posted By Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC || 15-Jul-2015

A 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:

  • Pneumonia
  • 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.