If you go into a hospital for a surgery or treatment and end up getting an infection, you could be very ill. Some infections, like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, are incredibly difficult to treat. Some patients have even died from it.
If you develop MRSA in a hospital, it could be a result of the hospital failing to clean often enough, not cleaning thoroughly enough, using tools that are not sanitary or other causes.
What is MRSA, and why is it so dangerous?
MRSA is dangerous because it is caused by a bacteria that is strong against many of the common antibiotics used today. MRSA spreads through close contact with people or skin. For example, if a nurse has not washed her hands and touches a patient’s surgical site, there is a potential that the site could become infected if her hands are carrying MRSA bacteria.
MRSA is very difficult to cure, so prevention is usually what hospitals focus on. MRSA may penetrate the blood stream and lead to sepsis, which is often fatal when left untreated and may be fatal despite treatment.
Is a MRSA infection enough to file a medical malpractice case?
A MRSA infection itself probably isn’t enough to make a malpractice case. However, showing that you got the infection because of poor sanitation techniques could give you a strong case. Similarly, if there is an outbreak because of a lack of appropriate cleaning or sterilization, then you may be able to use this information to help your case.
Another way that a MRSA infection could lead to a malpractice case is if you are misdiagnosed. After a surgery or treatment, your medical provider should monitor you for infections. If they misdiagnose a fever, swelling or other signs of an infection and allow that infection to progress, then you may have a case.
If you have had to go through additional treatments, have disabilities or have been injured because of a hospital-borne infection, it is worth taking some time to go over your case. You may be able to seek compensation from the hospital or your medical provider.