Infections Commonly Spread in Hospitals
Many people think of hospitals as safe havens for the sick and injured. We associate hospitals with cures for illness, rarely taking into consideration that they may be the reason for sickness. Despite efforts to make these facilities as safe and sanitary as possible, hospitals are prime centers for the transfer of harmful bacteria. Hundreds of patients check in and out daily, meaning guests and patients alike are exposed to every infection and ailment lurking within hospital walls.
In busy medical environments, it is easy to skirt over procedures and unknowingly transfer bacteria to devices and areas at a high risk of patient contact. The following is a quick list of the most commonly suffered infections spread within hospitals.
1. Tuberculosis (TB)
Tuberculosis easily spreads from patient-to-patient. Sometimes, a person does not realize they are infected with TB and they unknowingly spread the highly contagious disease to patients, nurses, and doctors. Those diagnosed with TB should be isolated from the rest of the hospital’s population, but a lack of knowledge about who has the disease means this procedure is not always followed.
2. Mycobacterium abscessus
This strain of bacteria is one of the most dangerous, but it is a frequently acquired disease in hospital environments. Mycobacterium abscessus lives in common elements, such as dirt, water, dust, and even medical equipment. Left to grow, mycobacterium abscessus can contaminate medication and result in leprosy and tuberculosis.
Norovirus is commonly associated with the flu because of their similar symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, and an upset stomach. Transmission of the virus in hospitals generally occurs through a failure to wash hands regularly, wear proper protective garments, or sanitize recently used surfaces. Unfortunately, antibiotic drugs cannot treat norovirus, making it especially threatening in a hospital environment. Outbreaks commonly occur in crowded settings, such as hospitals and cruise ships.
The above illnesses spread frequently in hospital and nursing environments, but pinpointing the exact moment you acquired the infection and from whom is difficult. While suffering an infection from a facility you expected to cure you is frustrating, the resourceful medical malpractice lawyers at the Abel Law Firm can help prove hospital negligence caused your illness.
Consult a Medical Malpractice Attorney
Basic sanitary measures by hospital staff are crucial in preventing dangerous infections from spreading. If you or someone you love acquired an illness in a hospital, don’t hesitate to contact the medical malpractice lawyers at the Abel Law Firm for support in your case. Our well-versed legal team is dedicated to providing highly skilled representation for victims of hospital negligence. Reach out to us today at our Oklahoma offices by calling (405) 239-7046 to speak about your case in further detail.