It’s difficult to imagine that a Kentucky medical facility can also be the source of serious illness. Unfortunately, healthcare-acquired infections are a very real and dangerous problem. It’s important to understand them and how you may contract one so that you can take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Common examples of healthcare-acquired infections
One of the most common examples of a healthcare-acquired infection is pneumonia, a serious lung infection that can occur when patients are on a ventilator. The microorganisms that cause pneumonia can enter the lungs through the breathing tube.
Another common type of healthcare-acquired infection is a bloodstream infection, which can occur when bacteria enter the bloodstream through a catheter or other medical device. Bloodstream infections are particularly dangerous because they can quickly spread throughout the body. Similarly, surgical site infections (SSIs) are a type of healthcare-acquired infection that can occur when bacteria enter the body through a surgical incision.
What can you do if you suspect you have a healthcare-acquired infection?
If you suspect that you or a loved one has contracted a healthcare-acquired infection, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for preventing serious complications.
If you suspect that medical malpractice may have played a role in the acquisition of a healthcare-acquired infection, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
Gather all medical records related to the infection including records from the facility where you contracted the infection as well as the records detailing any subsequent medical treatment. Lastly, be prepared to prove that the healthcare-acquired infection resulted in serious damages, such as prolonged hospitalization.
Clearly, healthcare-acquired infections are a serious problem that can have many potentially life-threatening consequences. However, by understanding how you can contract them and taking steps to protect your rights if you do, you can make things easier for yourself in the long run.