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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Infection risk in hospital rises the longer you stay


    A stay in hospital can lead to infection, and increase your risk of acquiring an infection that’s resistant to treatment. A study by South Carolina scientists examined 989 cases of gram-negative bacterial infection. Around 20% of infections caused during the first few days of a hospital stay were caused by strains resistant to multiple drugs. Infection risk in hospital increased after four to five days. At 10 days, the infection risk in hospital rate peaked at over 35%.

    For those who acquire an infection, the chances the infection will become multi drug-resistant rises by 1% for every day spent in hospital. Professor John Bosso of the Medical University of South Carolina, commented, “At the very least, this observation argues against both unnecessary hospitalisation and unnecessarily long hospitalisation.”

    ‘Gram-negative’ bacteria include bugs that can cause pneumonia, meningitis, salmonella food poisoning and Legionnaire’s disease, and they are hard to kill due to their tough outer wall. It’s estimated that gram-negative bacteria are responsible for 75% of the 25,000 hospital infection deaths which occur annually across Europe.

    Have you contracted an infection whilst in hospital?

    When you’re admitted to hospital, whether for a serious operation or a minor injury or illness, you put your trust in your surroundings and the staff there. You expect high standards of hygiene to be upheld, and that you will be treated for your condition, leaving the hospital feeling much better. So if you contract an infection during your stay in hospital, this can be a real shock! Perhaps you or someone you know has contracted a multi-drug-resistant infection in hospital and become seriously ill? If this is the case, you may be able to claim compensation. No matter how minor or serious your symptoms, contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you could make a claim.

    Claiming compensation with Accident Advice Helpline

    Not all personal injury lawyers will provide you with the high level of service that Accident Advice Helpline can offer. Because we’ve been in the industry for 14 years, and are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you know you’ll receive nothing but the very best service. In fact, we’ve even been endorsed by our patron, UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen. It’s free to call our helpline and our team can offer confidential, no-obligation advice, whatever type of infection you have contracted. We’re here to help, and our 100% no win, no fee* service makes things a bit easier – there are no upfront fees to worry about. Call us today to see how we can help you claim compensation.

    Source: Med Page Today 

    Date Published: October 8, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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