We go to a hospital or medical center to take care of an acute problem- not to acquire one. For approximately 1 in 25 people admitted to in-patient facilities like hospitals, they got worse while in treatment because of a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). These infections are contracted in hospitals and other care facilities, and they have a variety of causes. The National Institutes of Health reports that hospital infections lead to the deaths of up to 100,000 people annually. HAI-related healthcare costs are said to be approximately $40 billion.
One of the most common types of hospital infections are urinary tract infections associated with the use of catheters. Other types of HAIs are:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides tips for how to reduce your chances at contracting a hospital infection. These tips include:
Hospital infections are a serious concern, causing added pain and anguish while extending your in-patient stay and treatment. To learn more about prevention and how the healthcare system is working to advance infection protocols, visit the links below. If you or a loved one experienced a hospital infection believed to be caused by negligence, call us today.Sites Referenced:National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of MedicineOffice of Disease Prevention and Health PromotionCenters for Disease Control and Prevention