During their stay at a hospital, patients and visitors expect that the hospital will take the required steps to maintain a safe and healthy environment. Failure to do so can lead to a patient being exposed to illness and contracting an infection. The risk of contracting MRSA is one of the most problematic occurrences that many patients face while in a hospital setting. MRSA is a bacterium resistant to common antibiotics, which makes it a difficult infection to cure in patients.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that has developed a resistance to many antibiotics. In healthcare settings, including hospitals or nursing homes, MRSA can lead to severe problems, such as infections in the bloodstream, pneumonia, and infections at surgical sites.
MRSA infections oftentimes occur while a patient is at a hospital or other healthcare facility. When an infection occurs in this way it is known as healthcare acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA). Rates of MRSA infections are also known to increase in patients who are hospitalized who are also treated with quinolones.
According to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study, in recent years there has been a decline in life-threatening HA-MRSA infections, however the bacterium continues to be a serious threat to patients. This affects thousands of people in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities every year.
Patients who have been injured during their stay in a hospital setting, whether as a result of a medical mistake or negligence, when it comes to maintaining a sanitary environment for their patients, may have legal options when it comes to pursuing compensation for damages that may have been incurred as a result. These invasive types of MRSA infections form the basis of many legitimate medical malpractice claims, accounting from many cases that relate to life threatening hospital acquired infections every year.
If you or a loved one contracted MRSA during a stay at a hospital or other healthcare facility, contact an experienced Kingston, New York medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case. An experienced attorney will help you understand your legal options when it comes to seeking compensation.
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