The danger of hospital infections

Over recent years, hospital infections – particularly MRSA – have been causing huge problems for patients and medical staff. It is thought that some of these infections have become more difficult to manage due to the overuse of antibiotics and resulting resistance. Although there are generally strict hygiene controls in place in all healthcare facilities in the UK and cases of MRSA dropped in 2012, unfortunately a substantial number of hospital patients still acquire infections during their stay.

Common hospital infections

MRSA – meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacterial infection that is resistant to a number of widely used antibiotics. It is often carried on the skin and inside the nostrils and throat, and can cause mild infections of the skin such as boils and impetigo. If untreated, it can cause life-threatening infections, such as blood poisoning or an infection of the inner lining of the heart.

C. Difficile – Clostridium difficile (C. Difficile) is a type of bacterial infection that can affect the digestive system. It can cause diarrhoea, fever, painful abdominal cramps or life-threatening conditions such as a severe swelling of the bowel from a build-up of gas.

Osteomyelitis – this is a bone infection which commonly affects the long bones in the legs. It can be caused if a pre-existing infection in the blood spreads to a bone or if bacteria enters a wound during or after surgery.

Urinary tract infections – Urinary tract infections (UTIs) result from catheter use and are one of the most common types of infection affecting people staying in hospital. Symptoms include pain around the groin, fever, chills and confusion.

Making a hospital infection claim

If you suffered from a hospital infection due to delays in recognition and treatment, inappropriate use of antibiotics, poor wound care of lack of monitoring, you may be able to claim compensation. The expert clinical negligence team at CH Legal can advise you on any potential claim you may have regarding hospital infections. To find out how we can help you, contact Rukhsana Arif or phone 0845 4786 354.