As a patient in a hospital, you don’t expect to take on even more health issues than you started with. There are many procedures in place at every hospital that help healthcare providers avoid the potential for infection, but sometimes, the protocol is ignored or forgotten. Infections that could have been avoided can cause even extreme illness or even death. If you or a loved one have suffered from an infection that could have been avoided while in the hospital, you’re entitled to legal help.
Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)
Healthcare providers must follow strict protocol when managing a patient’s central line. A central line is a catheter that doctors often place in a large vein in the neck, chest, or groin to give medication or fluids or to collect blood for medical tests. If bacteria is somehow allowed into the central line upon insertion, the patient risks developing a severe and life-threatening infection. Patients who suffer from CLABSI will run a fever and will experience red, sore skin along the central line area. This danger is not uncommon among hospital patients. Contact a medical malpractice legal team so that you can take the legal action you deserve.
Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections are another common yet easily avoided infection that occurs in hospitals all over the world. This type of infection relates to any part of the urinary system including the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidney. Catheters should be used no longer than they are needed. If hospital employees do not remove or clean a catheter as needed, it could result in a painful infection.
Surgical Site Infection (SSI)
No matter where on the body the surgery took place, it is important that the wound is kept bacteria free. If the surgical site is neglected, a serious infection may occur. Sometimes, these types of infections can be superficial, affecting the skin only. Other times, SSIs can be much worse and involve organs or even bone. SSIs are no small matter and should be addressed immediately. If your surgical site was not properly cared for as a result of medical negligence, contact a medical malpractice lawyer in your area today.
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