MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a recent form of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria characterized by its resistance to antibiotics and its severity that can cause various conditions from skin reactions to severe sepsis. Lately, the number of infections caused by this bacteria in hospitals and clinics has increased and this escalation in the number of illnesses is favored by prophylactic measures to which the hygiene measures are insufficient. The poor informing on the pathogen agent of the healthcare professionals has contributed to the worsening of the situation, which may increase the incidence of morbidity and mortality.
What can cause MRSA infections?
Many people carry a staphylococcus on their body without it being harmful, but if the staph gets inside the body through a wound, it can cause serious infections. The same thing happens in the case of MRSA and the most common cases are registered in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions where many people are treated. Infections can appear around surgical wounds or in contact with invasive devices like catheters, scalpels or implanted tubes. In case a patient contracts MRSA from a hospital where the hygiene level is poor, we are talking about a case of hospital negligence.
What is an MRSA hospital negligence?
Hospitals and the medical staff are responsible for making sure the patients do not get into contact with contaminated equipment and that they are not in danger of getting infected with MRSA or any other deadly contagious bacteria. Unfortunately, not every hospital enjoys drastic hygiene measures and the staff is sometimes too busy to assure sterilization, to change their gloves or wash their hands, in which case they can transmit the staphylococcus to the patients. An MRSA contamination happens very often in almost any medical facility if the safety protocol is not properly followed and the entire staff and the patients are exposed to the bacteria. You can find more information about this type of negligence and several other types on medicalnegligence.center.
How can you report an MRSA hospital negligence?
If you are o close person are infected with MRSA, you can make a claim for hospital negligence as soon as you discover the infection, because this disease is very difficult to treat and it requires special and expensive medication. In your claim, you should specify that the person infected will not be able to work for a long period of time, which will bring them in the impossibility of paying for their medical care. Also, the stress and pressure of being infected with such a serious bacteria is huge and can have repercussions on the psyche and the severity of the disease will keep them in and out of the hospital. It is important that you make a claim for MRSA and hospital negligence because you have the right to seek compensation for having contracted a bacteria while you were hospitalized and you have to make sure you will have the financial resources to pay for your medical care.