Hospital Infections

Hospital Infections

Tens of thousands of patients contract hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), and many of those people die or suffer from complications. HAIs typically appear within 48 hours or more after hospital admission or within 30 days after discharge. The costs of HAIs to hospitals run into the billions of dollars. Hospitals are working to decrease the rate of HAIs. Below are some tips to avoid HAIs.

Tips to avoid hospital-acquired infections

There are steps that you can take to avoid HAIs. Here are just a few tips:

  • Clean your own hands with soap and warm water, rubbing them together for 15 seconds and paying attention to the area between your fingers and fingernails. Handwashing has been greatly credited with reducing HAIs.
  • If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Wash your hands after using the restroom or changing a diaper and before eating food.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and use a tissue. If a tissue is not available, cover your nose and mouth with the bend in your elbow.
  • Make sure that the healthcare providers wash their hands before treating you or your loved one. Also, ask whether the healthcare provider should be wearing gloves for any procedure.
  • If you or a loved one has a urinary catheter, ask how long it should be in place or if it is still necessary. More than 40 percent of all HAIs are urinary infections, and the longer the catheter is in, the greater the risk there is for infection.
  • Ask about the hospital’s checklist to decrease HAIs and obtain a copy.

Hospital-acquired infections and medical malpractice

Sometimes hospital infections occur because certain protocols have not been followed or the healthcare professional has been negligent in carrying out those protocols. This may be grounds for a medical malpractice action against the hospital or other healthcare provider. Speaking with a Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer is the first step in investigating a potential claim.

A medical malpractice case potentially could award you compensation and require the hospital or other healthcare provider to change policies or practices. If you have been injured due to an HAI, contact Attorney Vincent M. DeAngelo for a free initial consultation.

Get help from a Connecticut medical malpractice attorney

Attorney Vincent M. DeAngelo makes this promise: "I will give you hard work and straight talk". For a free consultation to discuss your medical malpractice or other personal injury case, call him at 860.246.3500 or use the online form.  He handles cases in the Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Milford areas.