When you or a loved one go to the hospital, you do so because there is something wrong with you and you need a medical professional to fix it. Usually, that is exactly what they do.

Unfortunately, sometimes you go to the hospital and end up in a worse condition. One of the most common things that can happen to someone in a hospital setting to make them worse is contracting an infection. There are a number of ways this happens, but almost all of them are preventable.

The consequences of a hospital-acquired infection can be devastating. If you need a Norristown sepsis or infection attorney, you can count on The Weitz Firm to be by your side.

The Numbers

We should start out with the big statistic: medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US, and those numbers do not seem to be improving.

One of the most common types of mistakes in a hospital setting is patients being exposed to situations in which they can acquire an infection.

The CDC defines these as “infections patients can get while receiving medical treatment in a healthcare facility.” They go on to say that they are mostly preventable.

Did you know that:

  • Anyone admitted to a hospital has a five percent chance of contracting an infection (this can increase the hospital stay by nearly 18 days and thousands of dollars).
  • Almost 100,000 people die annually from hospital-acquired infections.

Some of the main ways that these infections occur is a failure of healthcare staff (doctors, nurses, nurse aides) to properly monitor different treatments a patient is undergoing. The following must be monitored and maintained regularly:

  • Central lines
  • IV sites
  • Catheter sites
  • Surgical wound sites
  • Any other open wounds

Healthcare professionals should also take care to wash their hands after treating each patient in order to prevent infections from spreading.

We see an increase in hospital-acquired infections occurring outside of intensive care units, which means that healthcare staff may be less careful when the appearance of an emergency is over with. Just because a patient is no longer in critical condition does not mean that less care should be taken with their treatment.

If an infection is not treated quickly and properly, infection can spread into a patient’s bloodstream, a condition also known as sepsis.

Sepsis can kill someone within hours. Each year, 1 in 3 people who die in the hospital have sepsis.

What Happens Now

We know how devastating a hospital-acquired infection can be. It is not something you expected to happen to you when you went somewhere to receive medical care. Often, these infections are caused by the carelessness or negligence of the healthcare professionals you count on to make you better.

The Weitz Firm will thoroughly investigate your claim so we can begin working on getting you the compensation you deserve. When you need a sepsis or infection attorney in Norristown, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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