Healthcare-Associated Infections

Each year, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) cause nearly 2 million infections and 100,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The problem is so profound the CDC has said HAIs are a threat to public safety.

HAIs are most common in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and long-term care centers. A study found that one of every 31 patients develops an infection while receiving medical care.

If you or a family member has contracted an HAI, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., in Chicago.

How Do Healthcare-Associated Infections Happen?

Senior citizens, young children, and anyone living with a weakened immune system, are at a higher risk for an HAI. The most common HAIs are in the urinary tract, lungs, blood and at a surgical site.

HAIs typically are caused by:

  • Antibiotic overuse or improper use
  • Catheters
  • Communicable diseases passed from healthcare providers
  • Improperly washed hands
  • Improperly sanitized or disinfected facilities
  • Injections
  • Surgery

The most common types of HAI are gastroenteritis, meningitis, surgical site infections, pneumonia, and urinary tract infections.

Healthcare-Associated Infection Symptoms

If you are concerned that you or a family member contracted a HAI, symptoms can include:

  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Urination problems
  • Vomiting
  • Wound discharge

Symptoms typically develop within 30 days after exposure.

Get Help With Your Medical Recovery

HAI's are life-threatening, and victims typically need additional, costly medical care. Victims also need compensation. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys and healthcare-associated infection lawyers at Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. can help. Call us at 872-225-0195 or connect with us through our contact page.