Helping Patients With Hospital Acquired And Misdiagnosed Infections

The National Institutes of Health estimates that over 100,000 Americans die in hospitals each year because of errors made by professional staff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in 25 patients may be at risk of a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) that they could have survived if only diagnosis and treatment had been made in time. In many cases, a patient's immune system will already be weakened by disease when they enter the hospital, making them even more susceptible to infection than they would ordinarily be.

The Crandall & Pera Law team of experienced medical malpractice attorneys and registered nurses understands how serious an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed infection can be, and the effects it can have on you, your family and other patients in a hospital. Numerous patients have suffered needlessly because an infection was negligently overlooked or misdiagnosed by a medical professional. If you are one of them, let us help you as we have helped so many others.

Infections And HAIs Are Often Avoidable

Infections can be missed in doctors' offices and at emergency care centers as easily as they are in hospitals. But regardless of where the infection was missed, there is no doubt that medical malpractice causing delayed diagnosis of infection is a serious problem. The last thing a patient expects when they enter a hospital or a doctor's office for treatment is to acquire a new condition.

Some of the most common types of infections in U.S. acute care hospitals include:

  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). This lung infection occurs in patients who have been on a ventilator, a machine that assists breathing by supplying oxygen through a tube in the patient's mouth or nose, or through a hole in the front of the neck. Germs enter the ventilator and are forced into the patient's lungs, causing pneumonia.
  • Surgical site infections (SSIs). Post-surgical infections occur in the part of the body where the surgery took place. They may involve only the skin, or may be more serious and involve tissue under the skin, organs or implanted material. SSIs sometimes take days or months after surgery to develop.
  • Gastrointestinal infections. Associated with prolonged antibiotic use, which kills off "good bacteria" in the gut and allows Clostridium difficile (or difficile), a bacterium that can cause diarrhea and other intestinal problems, to flourish and cause illness.
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs). UTIs form when germs enter the urinary system and affect the bladder or the kidneys. They are often associated with the use of a catheter, a tube placed into the bladder to drain urine.
  • Primary bloodstream infections. These infections happen when germs enter the bloodstream through nonsterile surgical instruments, an improperly dressed surgical wound, or a nonsterile intravenous (IV) line that is placed in a large vein to give fluids, blood or medications, or to do certain medical tests quickly. They can be fatal if not identified and treated quickly.

Other illnesses or infections such as influenza, norovirus and tuberculosis can also be transmitted in a health care setting. If a communicable infection is not identified during admission, the patient may be placed in an ordinary hospital room instead of in isolation. There are special isolation protocols for dealing with infected patients, including use of masks and disposable gowns, to prevent hospital staff from spreading the infection to other patients. If the infection is not identified beforehand, the protocols may be ignored, and a large number of patients will be put at risk.

Turn To Our Lawyers After An Undiagnosed Infection Causes Injury

The Crandall & Pera Law team serves its clients with both expertise and compassionate understanding. We have won millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for clients who suffered at the hands of negligent hospitals and medical practitioners. We want to be your advocate.

Please call 855-444-6651 or fill out our contact form to reserve a free, no-obligation consultation at one of our five Ohio offices conveniently located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland, Chagrin Falls and Lexington.