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Can Hospital Staff Negligence Cause Hospital-Acquired Infections?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 25 US hospital patients will develop hospital-acquired infections. Hospitals workers know that pathogens are a major threat to patient safety. For this reason, health care workers are required to follow sanitation and patient care policies that cut the number of hospital infections. As medical malpractice attorneys, we have seen our fair share of instances where sanitation policies are ignored or patients are not given the standard of care. Hospital staff may put patients at risk of an infection by: Improperly cleaning equipment: Medical devices used during surgery must be sterile or they can transmit infections to patients. For example, the duodenoscope is notorious for having hard-to-reach crevices and cracks that can hide bacteria. These medical devices are also responsible for outbreaks of CRE, a deadly antibiotic-resistant superbug. Other medical devices, such as catheters, can also transmit infection. Poor…
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