The purpose of medical care is to help patients feel better, cure illness and heal injury. In the case of healthcare-associated infections, patients feel worse and sometimes die.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in 20 patients suffers a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). The damage from an HAI can be more serious than the condition for which the patient originally sought treatment.
In a hospital setting, a patient who would not normally be exposed to dangerous germs can fall victim to infection when exposed to viruses, bacteria or fungi. HAIs frequently occur through practices in a healthcare setting that include:
Earlier this year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services published its first report on HAI suffered in acute-care facilities in our state. Based on surveys of institutions around the state, the report serves as a benchmark for efforts to decrease the number of infections suffered by patients.
Medical help should make you feel better. If you feel worse or suffer a medical mistake, you may have an injury claim. Seek respected legal advice in North Carolina.
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