Cincinnati Medical Malpractice Lawyer and Ohio Hospital Negligence Attorney review cases of preventable urinary and vascular catheter infection and subsequent personal injury settlements
Hospital and nursing negligence in Ohio has been a concerning issue in the recent past, with preventable surgical errors and preventable mistakes hitting all-time highs. When basic protocols are ignored or improper training at hospitals leads to injury, both medical staff and management can be held liable for damages that result from urinary or vascular catheter infection.
Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) result in thousands of injuries and deaths each year and catheter-associated UTIs cost patients and the American healthcare system billions.
What is a Central Line or Vascular Catheter Infection?
As opposed the more frequent urinary catheter infections (UTIs), a central line or central venous catheter infection results when central lines are not properly changed or maintained. Central lines are different from IVs because central lines access major veins close to the heart and can remain in place for weeks or months, and can be more likely to cause serious infection.
A central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) is a serious infection that occurs when bacteria or viruses enter the bloodstream through the central line. Healthcare providers must follow a strict protocol when inserting the line to make sure the line remains sterile. Infection control practices are critical each time the line or dressing is changed.
Types of Vascular Catheter Infection
- Coagulase-negative staphylococci
- Staphylococcus aureus
Catheter Infection Prevention
Healthcare providers and nurses should follow recommended central line insertion and CLABSI prevention practices to prevent infection, which can include:
- Careful hand hygiene
- Applying skin antiseptic
- Ensure skin prep agent dries before inserting central line
- Use sterile gloves, sterile gown, cap, mask
- Remove central line as soon as it is no longer needed
- Choose the best insertion site to minimize infections
- Prepare the insertion site with alcohol
- Immediately replace dressings that are wet or soiled
- Perform routine dressing changes
Healthcare facilities and hospitals have a duty to educate healthcare personnel about indications for central lines, proper procedures for insertion and maintenance, and infection prevention.
Hospitals may be liable if they fail to properly train employees, provide a checklist to clinicians to ensure adherence to safe practice, reeducate personnel at regular intervals about central line insertion, ensure efficient access to supplies for central line insertion and maintenance, and use measures to ensure compliance with recommended practices.
If you or a loved one suffered from a urinary or vascular catheter infection, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.