What are HAIs and How Often Do They Occur?

When you visit a hospital, you expect to receive reliable medical care. You trust that doctors, nurses and other medical staff will strive to treat whatever illness or condition you are suffering from. Yet, medical errors and mistakes do happen. And when they do, you may suffer serious injury. Health care associated infections (HAIs) occur in hospitals across the nation. If you suffer from an HAI, and suspect it is a result of medical malpractice, you must contact a knowledgeable team of Illinois medical malpractice attorneys immediately.
Some types of HAIs include the following:

  • Surgical site infections. Surgical site infections, or SSIs, occur during surgery and can affect the skin, organs, soft tissues and implanted material. SSIs can cause serious illness or even death. Common symptoms of an SSI include fever, redness or swelling around the surgery site and discharge of cloudy fluid from the surgery site wound.
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infection. According to the National Healthcare Safety Network, urinary tract infections are the most common type of HAI. This type of infection involves any part of the urinary tract system including the bladder, kidney and urethra.
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia. Ventilator-associated pneumonia is a type of infection that is contracted in the lungs by a person who is connected to a ventilator.  The infection is caused by germs entering the ventilator tube and into the patient’s lungs.

If a medical malpractice injury causes you or someone you love pain and suffering, you need a trusted team of Chicago medical malpractice attorneys. Conveniently located in Chicago, Phillips Law Office takes great pride in standing up for the rights of malpractice injury victims.