Hospital InfectionsHospital Infections are a sign of negligence
We are lucky to have world class healthcare system in the UK, however accidents and mistakes do happen. According to the Kings Fund, NHS services are stretched and morale among doctors and nurses is at its lowest. Lapses in hygiene and negligent wound care can result in infection following surgery or treatment.
Most patients are warned of the potential risks of infection following surgery or treatment and although some infections are unavoidable, most are preventable. If you or a loved one has suffered from a preventable hospital infection such as MRSA, MSSA or E Coli, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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MRSA Hospital Infections
MRSA (Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, known more simply as staph bacteria. In extreme cases, MRSA can reach the bloodstream and cause more serious problems, including pneumonia, blood poisoning or bone infections. These people are the most seriously affected by MRSA and require the most urgent treatment. Should you or a loved one be diagnosed with an MRSA infection, the treatment you are prescribed will depend on a number of factors. These factors include:
- What MRSA infection you have
- The severity of symptoms
- Where the infection lies
- What antibiotics the particular strain of MRSA you are diagnosed with is sensitive to
If you are suffering only with a minor case of MRSA, you will likely only require very little treatment. This may consist of the draining away of any pus from the site of the infection, which should fully treat the condition. Alternatively, an antibacterial wash or powder may be prescribed to remove MRSA from the body, cream to remove the infection from the nose or an antibacterial shampoo to eliminate infection from the scalp. You will not be admitted to hospital in any of the above cases. In more serious cases of MRSA, however, sufferers may be prescribed a more rigorous course of antibiotic injections. Depending on the severity and site of the infection, the course of treatment could last up to six weeks and a combination of antibiotics will be used.
Claiming For Medical Negligence
Clinical Negligence Claim
There are times that the medical procedures and care we receive may fall short of everything you expect to receive, and things can go drastically wrong, leaving you worse off and perhaps, severely injured. Watch our medical negligence videos for more information about making a medical claim.
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