Was Your Hospital Infection Preventable?
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Hospital infections, also known as hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are frequently preventable, and yet, thousands of patients die unnecessarily from the failure of hospitals, doctors’ offices and other medical facilities to take the minimal steps necessary to stop this deadly problem. As a result, it is crucial that you be an advocate for yourself and your loved ones any time you receive medical care, especially in a hospital setting. One kind of especially dangerous infection is commonly known as blood poisoning and it must be treated properly and immediately.
How to Prevent Infections
Some of the very basic steps involved in preventing hospital infections include:
- Washing hands. If a doctor or nurse approaches you without having washed or cleaned her hands, you should immediately ask her to stop and do so.
- Using bacteria killing soap to clean patients’ skin. If someone goes to give you a shot or perform any procedure on you before cleaning your skin, speak up.
- Removing unnecessary catheters. If you have a catheter and are uncertain whether it is necessary for you to do so, ask.
These three actions caused infection rates to drop almost to zero in hospitals at which they were put into effect. Such minor steps to save so many lives and so much pain and suffering.
Don’t be Afraid to Speak Up
Protect yourself and your loved ones any time you see something that doesn’t look right. It is crucial that you be an advocate for yourself, and that your family members have a strong advocate to protect them.
In addition, if you aren’t feeling well, you should stay away from your family member until it is safe to visit.
Do You or a Loved One Suffer from a Preventable Hospital Infection?
If you recently had surgery or a medical procedure and have suffered an infection as a result, you may be a victim of medical malpractice. The question will be, did the hospital follow the appropriate standards of care in seeking to prevent the infection. In addition, it will be necessary to determine if you suffered an injury as a direct result of the failure to follow the appropriate standards of care.
If you believe you have been injured due to a preventable hospital infection, please contact the lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams at 888-979-7298. We will discuss your case with you for free.