Hospital patients are admitted to seek care and get well. Most patients don’t know that the deadliest types of bacterial infections are acquired in hospitals—specifically the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Hospitals with unsanitary conditions are probably not following hospital procedures, which means they may not be following regulations in surgeries and treatments, leading to a higher risk of medical mistakes and prescription errors.
Patients in the ICU are under extreme physical stress, with weakened immune systems and IV systems providing medications and fluids. Catheters and IVs, if not maintained properly, can distribute dangerous bacteria straight into a patient’s system. The combination of a weak immune system and strong bacteria is potentially fatal. If not fatal, a bacterial infection could cause extended hospital stay, expensive antibiotics and aggravate other health conditions, creating a financial burden on top of the existing physical stress.
Negligent hospital care in NC is getting its own treatment. Duke Raleigh Hospital has created new procedures to help prevent bacterial infections. Through a list of almost 100 new safety steps, the NC hospital’s new infection prevention standards require:
- Antiseptic baths for patients
- Full-body cloth barriers
- New sterilization procedures for nurses
People admitted to a hospital are recovering from an illness or injury, they shouldn’t have to carry the financial stress required to pay for remedies of a bacterial infection caused by negligent hospital staff. Brent Adams & Associates represents NC medical malpractice victims. Medical malpractice lawyers at Brent Adams’ NC injury office stay up-to-date on the latest hospital changes and malpractice legislation amendments to provide optimal legal representation for patients who deserve compensation for harmful inadequate healthcare.