Each year, hundreds of thousands of patients who seek medical attention at hospitals suffer from infections acquired while receiving care. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that on any given day, one in 25 patients will be the victim of a healthcare-associated infection, which makes them one of the leading causes of Texas medical malpractice claims.
These statistics leave many wondering what is being done to prevent such infections. The answer thus far seems to lie in creating a greater sense of accountability among hospitals and their staff.
An article from Click 2 Houston News explains that many hospitals have adopted safety and infection control policies, such as requiring staff members to wash their hands more frequently, and state agencies have began tracking and reporting incidents of hospital acquired infections. The Texas Department of State Health Service began recording infection numbers in 2012, and doctors and staff can now be held responsible for infections that lead to patient harm when errors occur.
Although steps are being taken to prevent healthcare-associated infections, cases still surface each year. These victims may need to take legal action to be compensated for damages.
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