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What types of infections are common in healthcare facilities?

Pennsylvania residents rely on healthcare professionals to solve many of their medical problems. While many illnesses and injuries can be treated at home, many are much more severe. When people rely on doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, they expect to receive outstanding care. Individuals understand that if mistakes are made in their medical care they can end up worse off than before. Despite these expectations, many people throughout the state of Pennsylvania suffer injuries at the hands of medical professionals.

One of the most common types of injuries are healthcare associated infections. These are infections that individuals pick up while in a healthcare facility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are four main types of healthcare associated infections that affect individuals in the United States.

The first type of infection are central line associated infections. These are infections that affect a person's bloodstream and result in thousands of deaths each year.

Another type of healthcare associated infections are catheter associated infections. These infections occur in a person's urinary tract system. They can affect a person's uterus, bladder, urethra or kidneys. These are generally caused when urinary catheter introduces bacteria to a patient. Often this happens when catheters are not removed promptly.

Surgical site infections are also common healthcare associated infections in the United States. These are infections that occur following a surgery. They can involve the person's skin or the organs involved in the surgery.

Finally, there are ventilator-related infections. In particular, ventilator associated pneumonia can develop when an individual has been on a ventilator. The infection can enter through the ventilator and into the person's body.

Any one of these infections can cause serious harm to patients in Pennsylvania. While this blog can only provide general information, an attorney may be able to help individuals who have been affected by infection understand their legal rights. In some cases, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate.

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