Hospitals are meant to heal us, not hurt us. However, that’s not the experience of thousands of patients who pick up infections there every year.
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed about one in 25 patients who seek treatment in a hospital pick up an infection during their stay. The looked at levels of infection in 2011. According to the research, patients acquired 721,800 infections in the year of study. Alarmingly, 75,000 died from them, reported CNN.
This research comes on the back of figures that suggest the cost of medical malpractice in American hospitals is higher than previously believed. Preventable medical errors are the sixth biggest killer in the nation.
The new report used data held by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hospital-acquired infections are defined as infections caused by bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens. CNN reported pneumonia and surgical-site infections were found to be the most common types of infection in America’s hospitals. They accounted for approximately 22 percent of all infections — followed by gastrointestinal infections such as Clostridium difficile, urinary tract infections and infections of the bloodstream.
Sloppy procedures at hospitals and a lack of basic cleanliness can cause these life-threatening conditions. If you have picked up a serious condition at a hospital or if you have lost a loved one, call our Virginia medical malpractice attorneys at 757.455.0077757.455.0077 or see Cooperhurley.com.