Hospital-acquired & Surgical site infection cases Lead to Preventable Injuries
Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses that occur in patients who receive medical care, and linked to surgery, catheters, ventilation, and IV injections. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 20 hospitalized patients develop an infection.
Hospital-acquired and surgical site infection are significant concerns for patient, and a cause of injury and death in the U.S., responsible for an estimated 1.7 million infections per year. The most serious complications are staph infections, pneumonia, bloodstream infections, surgical site infection (SSIs), and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
In addition to serious injuries, patients may have claims against a doctor or hospital for pain and suffering, and the high cost of further medical treatment. There have been a concerning rise in antibiotic-resistant infections as well, which can lead to death.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio medical malpractice attorney, well-versed in the science and economic impact serious surgical site infection have on the victim’s life and family.
JAMA Internal Medicine has published a study estimating that the U.S. healthcare system pays almost $10 billion a year to treat preventable hospital-acquired infections which cost taxpayers thousands of dollars per instance, including:
If you or a loved one has suffered from a surgical site infection, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.