Necrotising fasciitis is more commonly known as flesh-eating disease and this rare infection progresses very quickly and is associated with a particularly high mortality rate. This condition is one of many that are now known to be associated with hospitals here in the UK and around the globe. Those at risk are patients who already have diabetes, alcoholism, malignancies and chronic systemic diseases. When a hospital fails to follow the best practices laid out by health and safety with regards to hygiene conditions, this type of ‘superbug’ may be lying in wait. Those who succumb to necrotising fasciitis infections usually display symptoms such as fever, inflammation and intense pain at the point of local surgery. Vomiting and diarrhoea are also known to occur and sever blistering then ensues. Although the name suggests that the bacteria actually eat the flesh, this is not exactly the case. They actually lay waste to skin and muscle tissue by releasing virulent toxins into the local area. Treatment needs to begin as soon as possible and the administration of antibiotics should be applied immediately after correct diagnosis. It has been known for those infected by necrotising fasciitis to eventually die from this condition despite receiving medical care.
Have you suffered as a result of medical negligence?
If you are reading this and have previously contracted this condition whilst staying in hospital, you could be able to claim for medical negligence compensation. Remember that you probably entered the hospital for another condition and the fact that somebody else failed to keep the hospital in a hygienic state could have led to your severe illness. As well as potential loss of earnings from extended sick leave from your place of work, you will have suffered considerable pain and hardship. If you believe that you have contracted necrotising fasciitis due to a case of medical negligence, you should speak to Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible.
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Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown