Thousands of Patients Develop Healthcare Associated Infections
Modern healthcare facilities can save lives, though at the same time are associated with numerous dangerous infections, some of which are linked to medical malpractice, and medical devices like catheters or ventilators. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) include central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia.
Infections also frequently occur at surgery sites, causing surgical site infections. In 2011, there were an estimated 722,000 HAIs in U.S. acute care hospitals. Around 75,000 patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations. More than 50 percent of all HAIs occurred outside of the intensive care unit.
Following an incident involving healthcare associated infections, victims should contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to investigate. Joe Lyon is well-versed in the science and economic impact such an injury or death has on the victim’s life and family.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks and identify infections that patients are likely to acquire in hospitals and other healthcare settings. According to the CDC, about one in 25 hospital patients will develop at least one of the following hospital acquired infections:
The CDC publishes yearly reports to help patients and doctors better understand hospital health risks and hopefully to push accountability in the field of healthcare. HAI surveillance systems like the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and the Emerging Infections Program Healthcare-Associated Infections Community-Interface (EIP HAIC) have been established to help assess hospital acquired infection prevention progress. The Healthcare associated Infection Data Reports published show the following annual statistics:
Hospitals and healthcare professionals must take control and prevent healthcare associated infections. Research shows that when healthcare facilities, as well as individual doctors and nurses are aware of infection problems and take steps to prevent them, rates of infection can decrease by more than 70 percent. Preventing HAIs is possible, but it will take a conscious effort by clinicians and healthcare facilities. Injuries, however, like hospital acquired infections still occur every day, and the only way to recover compensation for medical costs and other damages may be to file a claim against those legally responsible.
If you or a loved one has suffered a healthcare-associated infection (HAI), and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding healthcare associated infections.