Hospitals and the Dangers of MRSA
A stay in the hospital is difficult enough without experiencing any complications. Unfortunately, many people have checked into hospitals only to become even sicker. One of the most serious threats to patient safety is the spread of infection, particularly the staph infection known as multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This is a dangerous bacterium that is resistant to many antibiotics.
Hospital workers are certainly aware of MRSA and other infections, and are expected to protect their patients from them. If you or a loved one has become sick from a hospital’s failure to do so, you may have grounds for legal action. Call the Des Moines hospital negligence lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your legal options.
MRSA was first discovered in the UK in 1961, and was spread to the US by intravenous drug users in the 1980s. Hospital patients are especially vulnerable to this infection due to many factors, including compromised immune systems and close proximity to other patients. There are many steps that hospitals can take for their patients’ safety, including:
- Screening new patients for infection
- Making sure workers wash their hands between seeing patients
- Keeping medical tools and surface areas clean
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an MRSA infection because a hospital failed to observe such basic protocol, our Des Moines MRSA injury attorneys can help.
No one deserves to suffer from painful injuries because of another party’s errors. To learn about receiving compensation from negligent doctors or hospital administrators, contact the Des Moines personal injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.