Bacterial infections, when not treated with necessary antibiotics, can cause permanent damage to organs and--on occasion--death. To help prevent innocent patients from developing severe infections or becoming permanently injured from bacterial infections, a dog has been trained to sniff out infected patients and sit beside them so that hospital staff can treat them appropriately.
As a North Carolina law firm with both dog bite attorneys and medical malpractice attorneys, Brent Adams & Associates has represented permanently injured victims of dog attacks and malpractice. Dogs are as unique as humans. They can be incredibly gentle, smart and loyal, or they can be unpredictable, dangerous and aggressive. Dogs have improved many disabled persons' lives, not just guide dogs for the blind, but therapy dogs for children. Law enforcement canine units help sniff out drugs in the same way that this hospital's sniffer dog is able to find bacterial infections that could be fatal to patients. This will hopefully help prevent medical malpractice cases for patients who may have been misdiagnosed otherwise.
Bacteria can quickly spread; by having a sniffer dog in the hospital, staff are able to contain the spread of infection and prevent others from acquiring the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. diff). The dog currently being used to detect infections has correctly identified 97 out of 100 infected patients.