In order to reduce the risk of a hospital-acquired infection, hospital patients, and their visitors can take an active role in disease prevention. The simplest way to decrease the likelihood of infection is for everyone who comes in contact with the patient to wash his or her hands.
Medical personnel who are caring for a patient should always wear gloves in these instances.
- Changing catheters
- Inserting IVs
- Cleaning wounds
- Touching any orifices or wounds
Hospitals should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for changing equipment such as ventilators and catheters on a regular basis.
If you are preparing to go into the hospital for surgery, make sure to follow your doctor's orders for pre-operation cleansing. Wear clean clothing to the hospital and bring clean clothing to change into when you are discharged. If you are staying for a prolonged period, ask that any visitors who are ill to wait until they are healthy before visiting.
After surgery, avoid touching the surgical site without properly cleaning your hands and use of gloves or sterile gauze and or bandages. Wash the site as instructed and take all medications as prescribed, especially antibiotics. Avoid contact with people who are sick as your wound heals.
If you do notice an infection as your surgery heals, then look into both causes of hospital-acquired infections as well as surgical errors in Atlanta. You may also want to get a second opinion on the infection from another doctor as well as a medical malpractice lawyer.
What Visitors Can Do, So a Loved One Stays Healthy While at the Hospital
If, at any time, you have questions about the sanitation and cleanliness practices at the hospital, speak up. Ask a nurse to use a new piece of equipment if you think the equipment is not sterile. If you notice hospital staff touching items employed in the care of patients without first washing their hands, then ask that they wash them before touching your loved one.
Being an alert and informed patient or visitor can help reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections. But the fact remains that you are not a doctor and cannot foresee all of the risks in hospitals. If you or your loved one contracted an infection in the hospital from negligent hospital staff, contact The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation regarding your legal options. Call medical malpractice lawyers at 404-474-0804.