1 in 25 Individuals Will Get a Hospital-Acquired Infection
With the technology and knowledge we have today, it is unfathomable to think that medical professionals would do anything to put a patient, or themselves, in harms way. Physicians understand how viruses and germs spread, an for the most part know how to prevent them – Yet for many, a visit to the hospital can quickly escalate into a serious illness. While the very nature of hospitals and medical facilities is to care for the ill and wounded, I can tell you first hand that negligence and failure to adequately protect patients happens on a regular basis.
There are many types of hospital acquired infections and it is true that not all can be prevented.
- Staph / MRSA
- Blood Infections
- Wound / Surgical Site
- Urinary / Bladder / Kidney Infections
- Respiratory Infections
Recognize the Red Flags of Poor Medical Care
Being aware and vigilant is key to protecting your own safety. These are the primary ways to prevent becoming a victim of hospital acquired infections. If you are able, familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Does your hospital room seem clean? Is medical staff wearing appropriate gloves, masks and protective garb? Are needles, bandages, tubing, and other instruments pulled from sterile packaging?
If at any time you feel your safety and health are at risk, report it immediately and ask for additional precautions. Your health depends on it!
For patients that are unable to be their own advocate, health and safety is 100% reliant upon the individuals in which you have entrusted your care. For medical professionals, there is no shortage of training and policies in place to protect patients and staff. Unfortunately, careless and negligent individuals can cause irreparable harm to patients. Careless mistakes during surgery or post-operative care can result in dangerous repercussions for patients.
Reporting Unsafe Environments
I always tell my clients to trust their instincts. If you feel something is not right, it is your absolute right to ask questions. If you or a loved one is a victim of a hospital acquired infection it is important to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. Proper procedures and safety guidelines are in place for the health and well being of everyone.
If you or a loved one has recently become ill following hospital care or surgery, contact me immediately.