The usual reasons for attending hospital are because of a serious illness, for accidents and emergencies or for a scheduled surgical procedure.
The thing each of these has in common is that you expect to leave the hospital feeling better than when you got there. Unfortunately, many people find themselves picking up infections when they’re in hospital which has the potential to be more serious than the initial reason for the visit.
Sometimes alternatively known as hospital-acquired infections, HAIs are illnesses that you pick up while you’re in the hospital. They are not, ordinarily, illnesses people have when they first attend. They usually occur as a result of the spread of viruses or bacteria. Common types of HAI include surgical site infections, pneumonia, sepsis and urinary tract infections.
Some of the reasons that patients pick up HAIs include:
A healthcare-associated infection can cause serious illness and have devastating consequences. Where the transmission of the infection could have been prevented, there’s the potential for a medical malpractice claim.