Hospital-Acquired MRSA infection
MRSA is the acronym for Methicillin-Resistant Staphlococcus Aureus bacterium which is a difficult to treat infection that is resistant to a large array of antibiotics including penicillin and methicillin. The MRSA infection is a type of Staph infection most commonly seen in hospitals and healthcare facilities such as nursing homes and dialysis centers.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that in 2005, there were about 94,3670 people with serious MRSA infection. Approximately 18,650 people died during a hospital stay due to serious MRSA infections. MRSA infection can be deadly and one in five patients with the MRSA infection. In the past few years, the number of MRSA infections has grown. In 1974, MRSA infections were only 2% of all the staph infections; in 19935 it had grown to 22% of all staph infections; and in 2004 it had grown to 64%
MRSA can be difficult to treat because of its resistance to many antibiotics. If not detected early on, it can cause severe illness and even septic shock leading to death. In a hospital setting, patients with surgical wounds, medical devices and compromised immune systems are especially susceptible. The infection starts as small red bumps that look like pimples or spider bites and can quickly turn into deep painful abscesses. If the bacteria penetrates the body, it can cause life-threatening infections in the bloodstream, bones, joints, heart valves and lungs.
Because MRSA can be very dangerous, it is imperative that hospital staff -- doctors, nurses and lab technicians -- keep strict adherence to proper sanitary conditions. If they do not practice proper procedures, they can spread the MRSA infection from patient-to-patient. It is also imperative that visitors to MRSA infected patients follow protocols so that they do not spread the bacteria via the cafeteria, elevator or bathrooms.
Patients that enter the hospital with a MRSA bacteria should be identified and the hospital should following protocol by providing gloves, masks and gowns. Proper hand washing procedures must be adhered to. If hospital workers -- and physicians can be the worst -- do not properly wash with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, then the bacteria can be easily spread.
Increasingly, The Farber Law Group is being contacted by clients who have acquired severe infection after having treatment or surgery in a hospital. Often these infections have a serious effect on the client's overall health. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or illness, or a loved one has died because of a hospital-acquired MRSA infection, you may be entitled to compensation. At The Farber Law Group, we are happy to discuss your potential case with you at no charge.