Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria are resistant to all beta-lactam antibiotics, and the infection can often be fatal. Also known as the “Super Bug,” MRSA is extremely difficult to treat and is commonly contracted during hospital stays. If you believe that your MRSA infection was caused by medical malpractice, read on to learn more.
Hospital patients contract MRSA when the infection spreads through contact with infected wounds or shared items. Patients who have recently been admitted to a hospital or medical facility are at a higher risk of contracting MRSA. It is the responsibility of the medical facility to prevent cross-contamination between patients, as well as properly disinfect tools and materials.
Situations that may be caused by the negligence of a medical professional or medical facility include:
Medical facilities are responsible for properly sterilizing and disinfecting tools, patient areas, and more to prevent the spread of staph infections and MRSA. When a medical professional fails to follow facility protocol, he or she may be liable for the infections that patients may contract.
Due to the nature of surgery, surgeons and other staff must follow correct procedures and uphold the standard of care. If surgical errors occur, the surgeon or on-site staff could be found negligent.
Medical negligence may occur if the patient’s MRSA infection was misdiagnosed or the patient experienced delayed treatment. Misdiagnosis or delayed treatment may cause the infection to worsen as a result.
In most cases, MRSA appears as a noticeable skin infection. If treatment does not occur in a timely manner, the infection can spread to the bones, joints, heart valves, and lungs. MRSA contracted in a hospital or medical facility is highly threatening, because most patients are already experiencing compromised health.
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If you have contracted MRSA in a hospital setting, call the lawyers at Cardaro and Peek to discuss your case. You may be able to file a medical malpractice claim.
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