Hospital Acquired Infections

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We all know that hospitals are supposed to be clean and sterile environments. Unfortunately due to news reports and the papers we also now know that hospitals often fail to keep the environment safe for their patients. Far too frequently patients are leaving hospitals either in a worse condition than they entered, or staying in far longer than expected for a simple operation due to infections aquired during the course of their stay. In some circumstances, you may be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence.

Types of hospital acquired infections

There are many different types of hospital acquired infections but the most common one is MRSA, or to give it its full name, Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. As its name suggests the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus became resistent to a particularly strong antibiotic Methicillin creating the resistent form of bacteria which is now prevalent in hospitals.

How does MRSA develop?

Whilst most people carry the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on us around the nasal passage it normally causes no problems. However, when someone is run down or has surgery it can become a problem. It can cause various other complications including toxic shock, pneumonia and septicaemia. Early treatment is vital.

Treating MRSA

Treatment for MRSA must be given as soon as possible and is usually an antibiotic provided by infusion. However, the antibiotic itself can cause side effects.

What action should you take?

If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer from a hospital acquired infection we can help you to recover compensation for your pain and suffering and losses.

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