When most people think of hospitals, they are likely to think of sterile areas. That misconception might be harmful for some Ohio patients. Anyone who is going to the hospital or has a loved one there should know that hospitals are a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria. Adding in the overuse of antibiotics in patients seems to exacerbate the problem of patients getting sick because of infections that can be traced to hospitals.
The statistics regarding hospital-acquired infections are staggering. An estimated 648,000 patients suffer from hospital-acquired infections each year. Around 75,000 people die because of those infections each year. Patients in hospitals are subjected to several factors that can lead to infections. Infectious patients are housed in close quarters. Even though patients are usually in different rooms, the germs can easily be carried from one room to another. Patients share nursing staff, medical professionals, and some medical instruments like thermometers. These are all possible ways that the germs can spread. Hand washing and other protective methods can limit the spread of germs through these points.
Add in the widespread use of antibiotics in hospitals and patients are left with depleted good bacteria that can help protect them from harmful disease-causing bacteria. This can lead to a patient being infected with a superbug that isn't responding to any known antibiotics. Those superbugs, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and clostridium difficile, can be fatal to patients.
. A person who has suffered a hospital-acquired infection might opt to explore the possibility of seeking compensation for the harm they suffered with a medical malpractice attorney. Legal counsel might be able to demonstrate negligence on the part of the facility through an examination of the patient's medical records and other evidence.