We go to the hospital to get well; however, five to ten percent of patients who go to the hospital get sicker. These patients contract a hospital-acquired infection, sometimes called a nosocomial infection.
You may have heard of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA (pronounced “MER-sah”). About 30 percent of Americans have the bacteria that causes MRSA on the skin. In most people, it is harmless. However, when someone is seriously ill or has a weakened or compromised immune system, that person becomes susceptible to MRSA and other germs that are harmless to healthy people. These germs can cause a serious infection.
Because sick and injured people are more vulnerable to infections, hospital staff must take certain steps to prevent hospital-acquired infections. However, many hospitals are understaffed. Overworked doctors and nurses may forget to wash their hands or change gloves between patients. They may reuse catheters for the sake of convenience or forget to change a dressing. When medical negligence causes Wisconsin hospital-acquired infections, hospitals can be held accountable.
Ten causes of Wisconsin hospital-acquired infections:
- Failure of hospital staff to wash hands
- Failure to properly clean and disinfect patient rooms and bathrooms
- Failure to clean and disinfect after spilled bodily fluids or blood
- Failure to properly clean and sterilize surgical instruments
- Failure to monitor catheters, or improper use of catheters
- Failure to check or change dressings on wounds or surgical sites
- Failure to double-glove during surgery
- Failure to use proper disposal precautions for needles, scalpels, dressings, and biological waste
- Failure to recognize the symptoms of hospital-acquired infections
- Failure to order tests for hospital-acquired infections
In order for a hospital to be held liable for Wisconsin hospital-acquired infection, your Milwaukee personal injury attorney must show that the hospital had an inadequate plan to deal with infections or that hospital staff did not follow the infection control plan.
If you or someone you love suffered from a severe infection while in a Wisconsin hospital, please contact the Milwaukee medical malpractice attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. We’ll let you know if you have a case. The initial consultation is free, with no obligation to hire us.