Hospital Infection

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September 2012

Hospital Infections: Measuring The Effects of Delayed Treatment

By | September 26th, 2012|Hospital Infection, Hospital Negligence|

Delayed diagnosis of hospital infections can lead to a progression of disease and an adverse outcome.  Left untreated, infections can progress from a local problem to sepsis, a systemic response to the infection.  With further progression, sepsis can turn to shock, organ failure and, ultimately, death.  Likewise, a delay in treatment can make it necessary to [...]

August 2012

C. Diff Becoming An Increasingly Deadly Hospital Infection

By | August 28th, 2012|Hospital Infection, Hospital Negligence|

Hospital infections remain one of the dark secrets of American hospitals.  Rather than becoming rarer, hospital infections seem to be more common.  The bacteria Clostridium difficile, also called C. diff., has added to this developing danger in the last several years.  USA Today reported that about 350,000 C. diff infections resulted in about 30,000 deaths nationwide in 2010.  C [...]

July 2012

One Cause of Hospital Infections: Nursing Understaffing

By | July 31st, 2012|Hospital Infection, Hospital Negligence|

One of the primary functions of a hospital is to provide adequate nursing staffing to monitor and treat patients.  Both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals have long attempted to cut costs by understaffing and, thereby overworking, their nursing staff.  This cost-cutting (and corner-cutting) practice often has dire consequences for patients.  A recent study points out one less-than-obvious consequence [...]

Another Example of Delayed Diagnosis of Hospital Infections

By | July 12th, 2012|Hospital Infection, Hospital Negligence|

The New York Times reported yesterday about a 12 year-old who died from infection after abnormal test results were ignored in a New York City hospital.  The boy had a known and treatable infection that progressed over a few days to sepsis and shock.  Had the boy's test results been heeded, antibiotics would have undoubtedly saved his life.  [...]

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