Hospital Acquired Infection Lawsuits
When you check in to the hospital for medical care, you expect to leave in better health than when you were admitted. Medical facilities have the responsibility to provide a standard of care to their patients, including protecting them from further health issues. Hospital-acquired infections or HAI have become more common with heavier patient loads and bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, putting hospital patients at risk for serious health complications after their stay.
Patients that spend several days or more in the hospital and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to contract HAI. Medical professionals understand this and should be using precautions to prevent infections. Sanitizing instruments and following cleanliness and healthcare guidelines can minimize the exposure of bacteria to patients.
Dangers of HAI for Patients
Infections can be deadly, especially for those who are already experiencing health problems. Medical professionals have a responsibility to use all precautions to prevent infections. An infection of a surgical incision or an internal bacterial infection can compromise the healing process. A severe infection can spread and damage tissue or organs, even leading to septic shock or sepsis.
It can be difficult to prove causation of an infection, but it is possible. Patients who are diagnosed with an infection while in the hospital or shortly after leaving the hospital could be victims of HIA. It is important that patients follow all instructions for preventing infections given by their doctors, including taking medications, cleaning wounds and hygiene recommendations. If HIA occurs and a lawsuit is pursued, it is vital that the patient did not contribute to the infection by not following the physician’s instructions after leaving the hospital.
If you have had a hospital-acquired infection that has resulted in serious health issues or extensive medical costs, contact our team at Conley Griggs Partin LLP. We offer free consultation to discuss medical malpractice claims at our offices in Georgia.