Infections are a major risk to all patients in hospitals and other healthcare settings – such as a doctor’s office, long-term care facility or nursing home. Frighteningly, many strains of common infections are now drug resistant, resulting in longer treatments and lengthier recovery times. Patients are much more likely to become infected when hospitals and healthcare facilities lack adequate policies and procedures for stopping the spread of these diseases. Healthcare providers in Illinois have a duty to take steps to control the spread of infections amongst patients and residents. Even if your loved one was already sick, a healthcare provider that causes a patient’s condition to worsen because of a lack of infectious disease control may be liable for medical malpractice.
The most common form of infection acquired in a hospital or healthcare setting is a staph infection (staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria). Staph infections can cause severe illness or death in patients with compromised immune systems or when the infection is introduced into a person’s bloodstream or vital organs during an invasive procedure. MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a specific type of staph infection which is resistant to the antibiotics most commonly used to treat staph infections. MRSA infections are usually the result of invasive procedures, such as surgery or the insertion of IVs in patients. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 94,360 invasive MRSA infections per year, of which 18,650 victims will die.
You may have a claim against a healthcare provider if your loved one was the resident of a nursing home, or patient in a hospital, and suffered from a worsened condition or prolonged recovery time due to an infection. Please contact our attorneys today to discuss your case.