Columbus Dispatch recently ran a story on its front page detailing the enormous harm caused
by infections in hospitals. According to a recent study published in the
Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine, the annual cost of five common and preventable health-care-associated
infections is $9.8 billion. Patients who acquire these preventable infections
while in the hospital setting generally require longer hospital stays,
often must undergo additional medical procedures and surgeries, face a
much higher risk of long term health problems, and sometimes even die.
This article does a good job of pointing out that these infections will
be greatly reduced, or potentially eliminated all together, if hospitals
implement and enforce some very easy and inexpensive policies and procedures,
such as simply requiring medical providers to wash their hands before
and after seeing a patient.
Ohio medical malpractice attorneys at Rourke and Blumenthal are happy to see that hospitals in Ohio are making
more of an effort to eliminate unnecessary infections, more needs to be
done to prevent this problem. If you or a loved one has suffered significant
medical problems due to a hospital acquired infection, please feel free to
contact Rourke and Blumenthal for a free consultation.
Read the full
Columbus Dispatch article,
Infections Costing Hospitals, Patients here.