Medical malpractice takes many forms, but one of the most common is hospital acquired infections-also known as Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). These represent infections that a patient contracts while undergoing medical treatment. It represents a medical problem that they did not have before they began seeking treatment for some other ailment. Patients contract the infections in a number of medical settings, including during surgeries, while on ventilators, or any time there is contact from one person/equipment to another.
The scope of the problem is much larger than most suspect, according to HAI Watch. The World Health Organization reports that at any given time 1.4 million people are suffering from an infection they received because of their effort to receive medical treatment. The severity of the infections is also startling. The Centers for Disease Control claims that over 98,000 people die each year in the United States alone from infections they acquired while at hospitals. This is not a problem that anyone can afford to ignore.
Medical safety experts have worked hard at identifying the root cause of these infections and the best ways to snuff them out. Research is clear that to minimize the problem medical professionals must pay particular attention to the best infection management strategies. These strategies are varied, but typically involve simple checklist style requirements like hand washing and proper equipment sterilization.
Our Chicago malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain committed to helping victimized patients including those unfairly injured because they acquired preventable HAIs. We are confident that our day to day effort to fight for medical justice helps improve the medical system for all patients as hospital errors are recognized, understood, and improvement steps are implemented. Contact a medical malpractice attorney at our office if you have fallen victim to medical negligence.
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