Health care providers and medical facilities have a responsibility to provide clean and safe care and hospital environments. Infection should not be considered an unavoidable risk of hospitalization, or nursing home care. The rate of hospital acquired infection can be substantially reduced if doctors, nurses, and medical technicians use reasonable care to ensure cleanliness and providers enforce sanitary policies. Thus, hospital infection is preventable. Sterilization of medical equipment, hand washing, use of antiseptic solutions, separation of infected patients from infection free patients, and other steps can and must be taken to reduce the number of hospital acquired infections. Yet, to prevail at trial a plaintiff must prove negligence in a hospital acquired infection case. Thus, your attorney will need to evaluate medical records and hospital infection surveys.
If you need help as a result of acquiring a hospital infection, please call today to consult with one of our attorneys.