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One of the most common killers in America is infection that is contracted during a hospital procedure.
5 percent of all US hospital patients per year contract an infection while they’re being treated in the care of the hospital. Of those over 2 million patients, over 100,000 do not survive the infection. Most
hospital infections could be prevented, by complying with pre-surgical safety methods and with improved hygiene.
Patients commonly ask if medical malpracticeoccurs when a hospital patient sustains an infection. Hospitals are a boundless breeding ground for all types of germs, bacteria and viruses that can attack a patient with an open wound or weakened immune system.
Patients are most often infected in one of the following ways.
Infections to the bloodstream as a result of surgery
Urinary infections as a result of a tainted catheter
Infections to the bloodstream from tubes placed on the
chest, neck or groin to drain fluids, give drugs or collect blood
Unsanitary hospital staff practices
An apparently minor medical issue or a severe problem can be greatly worsened if an infection transpires. Infection can even be deadly if it spreads to a vital organ. Patients who survive a serious infection must undergo weeks or months of severe treatments that can have correspondingly severe
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