Experienced Representation for Victims of Hospital-Acquired Infection in Maryland and Washington D.C. Secure representation from an award-winning medical malpractice law firm
When you enter the hospital, you expect to leave in better health than when you arrived. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Every year, thousands of patients fall ill with infections that they receive while staying in a hospital, under the care of doctors, nurses, and other support staff. If you or a loved one acquired a preventable infection while hospitalized, contact the attorneys of Schochor and Staton, P.A. for trustworthy assistance with your medical malpractice claim. We help clients harmed by medical malpractice to recover damages for their losses, and pride ourselves on a proven track record of success.
What are hospital-acquired infections?
A hospital-acquired infection is an illness that is contracted as a result of your presence in a hospital or other health care facility. The infection can stem from viral, fungal, or bacterial pathogens, which are passed to the patient through the negligent actions of the facility as a whole, or of a particular caregiver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in every 25 patients contracts at least one hospital-acquired infection, with most passing through the bloodstream. Some of the most common hospital-acquired infections include:
- Pneumonia. When placed on a ventilator, a patient is at risk of developing pneumonia from the introduction of germs to the lungs. This is the primary way patients develop pneumonia in a hospital, although it can be contracted in other ways. The illness is generally treated through antibiotics.
- Urinary tract infections. According to the CDC, urinary catheters account for about 75% of all hospital-acquired urinary tract infections.
- Surgical site infections. These infections develop during or after surgery in the area of the body where the procedure took place. They may involve superficial irritations to the skin or serious infections to organs or materials implanted within the body.
There are other types of infections such as gastroenteritis (infectious diarrhea), tuberculosis, and more. Questions about hospital-acquired infections can be directed to your attorney to see if the health care professionals in charge of your well-being are to blame.