Patients visit a hospital when they’re sick and need treatment to get better. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes a person is admitted to a hospital only to find that they contract another illness. Unfortunately, around 1.7 million patients get infections at the hospital on an annual basis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These infections are called “hospital-acquired” infections (HAI). These infections can result in sepsis, organ failure, and even death for the patient. It’s sometimes challenging to determine liability after a patient has developed a hospital-acquired infection. Many times, the hospital staff did nothing to contribute to the infection. Sometimes, infections can be caused by a natural reaction to a surgical procedure. This isn’t always the case though. In some cases, hospital-acquired infections are caused by negligent practices by healthcare professionals. This may be when medical negligence is the cause that gives rise to a medical malpractice claim.
Hospital-acquired infections are common, and when treated properly and quickly, they may not be all that dangerous to a patient. But when an infection goes undiagnosed or untreated for too long, conditions like sepsis and septic shock can occur. That’s a big reason why hospitals and other healthcare facilities follow stringent protocols when it comes to the sterility and cleanliness of the treatment environment and why failure to follow safe practices can lead to a medical malpractice case when a patient suffers infection-related harm. The experienced Syracuse medical malpractice attorneys of DeFrancisco & Falgiatano may be able to help.
Many kinds of bacteria and infections are found in cases of hospital negligence. Some of the most common types include: