When it comes to how hospitals address the overuse of antibiotics, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the majority of hospitals have poor practices. Approximately 61 percent of the 4,100 hospitals surveyed did not have an antibiotics stewardship program that complied with the CDC's recommendations.
Unnecessary or inappropriate use of antibiotics is attributed to fostering strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also referred to as 'superbugs.' Most recently, a story of a woman suffering a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) made headlines when all traditional antibiotics and 'last resort' antibiotics failed to control her UTI. Laboratory tests revealed the woman had mcr-1, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Last year a superbug case was reported in North Carolina. Patients with CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) were admitted to a hospital in Charlotte, and three other patients within the hospital became infected.
Our North Carolina injury attorneys represent victims who have suffered a loss or injury due to the negligence of another party. Clients in several of our practice areas could experience overuse of antibiotics. Although medical malpractice is the most obvious, there could be negligent care in a nursing home that contributes to an infection, a car crash victim could develop an infection while recovering in a hospital, dog bites might become infected, and some severe bacterial infection cases could lead to disability or death. Between our medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, car accident, and disability attorneys--we can help provide a comprehensive legal review of your case so that you can understand your options before moving forward and rebuilding your life.