Being admitted to hospital can cause a lot of stress and anxiety even if the stay is only overnight for a simple procedure. We do not want to leave behind our families and face what lies ahead on our own in a lonely ward. The only way to console ourselves is by focusing on the positives and looking forward to putting the whole process behind us. We assume that we are placing ourselves in safe hands as we allow the professionals to work their magic.
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Now without wanting to scare you too much, deaths from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are increasing at an alarming rate. This infection is usually contracted in hospital from people who have undergone a minor operation. As such, we are all at risk of catching this hospital superbug which can spread through a ward at lightening speed.
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MRSA is a form of bacteria which some people spread via their skin. In most cases it can cause a mild infection if it finds its way into the body. This is difficult to treat when caused by staphylococcus as this is a stubborn bacteria which is resistant to conventional antibiotics. Infections can occur in almost any region of the body and cause severe joint problems, septic shock, bone marrow infections, internal abscesses and scalded skin syndrome. In cases where a patient already has an illness, symptoms could become significantly worse.
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Understandably, more and more people seek the help of a no win no fee* solicitor in such cases. One does not expect to leave hospital with an illness that was not present before being admitted. If evidence can link the disease to unsanitary conditions, a ‘no win, no fee*’ solicitor will seek to claim compensation.
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In most cases, MRSA can be safeguarded against if a hospital takes measures to ensure that all visitors wash their hands with a special disinfectant before visiting patients. Medical staff should also wash their hands after every task. Patients who have been diagnosed with MRSA should be transferred to a separate ward to protect those who are left wide open and vulnerable to the infection.
If you suspect that you caught an illness from unsanitary conditions during a stay in hospital, why not discuss your concerns with a company such as Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 22nd March 2014
Author: David Brown