Hospitals are somewhat puzzling to most New York patients. These facilities can ensure your recovery from an illness or injury, but they can also make you sick. Considering that they are occupied by people suffering from medical conditions, it is safe to assume that microbes and bacteria have found a home in these facilities.
Microbes that live in hospitals can make patients receiving medical treatment sick with hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), also known as nosocomial infections. Fortunately, the medical industry is aware of the risk of HAIs. Those working in hospitals take steps like those below to prevent patients from contracting these infections.
- Proper cleaning and sanitizing of surgical site areas on patients
- Use of protective gear like masks, gowns and shoe covers
- Proper handwashing followed by an alcohol rub
They also must follow all known guidelines and procedures to minimize the spread of HAIs.
What are some statistics regarding HAIs in America?
Patients who contract infections from surgery or other invasive procedures must usually spend up to a week longer in the facility than they would have if the condition had not occurred. They are also five times more likely to make a return trip to the hospital and are twice as likely to perish due to an HAI.
Other disturbing statistics include:
- 32% of all HAIs occur in the urinary tract
- 22% of them occur at the site of a surgical procedure
- 15% of HAIs lead to lung infections such as pneumonia
- 14% of HAIs occur within the bloodstream of hospitalized patients
Improper sanitary procedures resulting in an HAI is a form of medical malpractice. If you or a family member was sickened by a preventable condition, it is time to learn more about medical malpractice in the state of New York.