Patients in hospitals in Pennsylvania and around the country are at risk of getting sicker as a result of their stays. Consumer Reports recently reviewed 3,000 hospitals around the country in an attempt to review how well each health care facility reduces the risks of patients contracting deadly infections while under their care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that, each year, about 75,000 patients die from infections contracted while in a hospital, and nearly 650,000 develop one or more.
The number of people killed by hospital infections each year is almost twice as high as the number of fatalities attributed to car crashes. Patients who opt for simple, elective surgeries may be at risk of contracting deadly bacteria, like MRSA, which can render them helpless in a hospital bed for months until their inevitable demise.
Even successful surgery patients inquiring about corrective measures may be at risk of suffering a deadly disease as a result of being prescribed the wrong antibiotic or medication. Once one postsurgical patient contracts an infectious disease, others in the vicinity may begin exhibiting related symptoms shortly thereafter. Poor practices like sharing equipment or using antibiotics recklessly have also been identified as significant factors contributing to the high number of infectious diseases.
Patients who have been harmed as a result of hospital negligence may want to speak with a medical malpractice attorney to determine the remedies that may be available for obtaining compensation. In some cases, it may be advisable to file a lawsuit against the health care facility seeking appropriate damages.