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
- Communicable diseases passed from healthcare providers
- Improperly washed hands
- Improperly sanitized or disinfected facilities
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:
- Shortness of breath
- Urination problems
- 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 312-638-2407 or connect with us through our contact page.