Postoperative Infections

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Postoperative infections affect about 500,000 people every year according to the CDC. The result of postoperative infections is increased financial costs for the patient, a longer hospitalization stay, physical suffering, and an increased risk of future complications. Despite improvements with surgical techniques and antibiotics, postoperative infections are still a large source of illness. Postoperative infections can be prevented in some instances if the surgeon administers precise and proper technique and uses solid judgment. For more information on your legal rights regarding postoperative infections, please contact us by selecting a state.

Guidelines to Prevent Postoperative Infections 

There have been largely revised guidelines published in hopes of better preventing postoperative infections, but there have been reports indicating these guidelines have not been instated as standard procedure in many hospitals. The number of postoperative infections varies depending on surgeon, hospital, and procedure, in addition to the patient. Although there has been a decrease in the amount of postoperative infections that affects people, certain types of complications are still very prevalent and endanger the lives of those patients. In the past, there were unquestionably larger costs and a higher incidence of postoperative infections, but the dangers are still very pertinent to patients everywhere.

Medical Malpractice 

Some instances of postoperative infections are considered medical malpractice. In the event that a medical malpractice has occurred, it is in the patient's best interests to seek legal counsel. Showing that a postoperative infection has occurred can be a very difficult claim to prove without the proper representation. Improper surgical procedures, in addition to a lack of careful infection control may have resulted in the patient's postoperative infection.

Patient Rights 

Every patient has the right to assume that under the care of the surgeon and the surgical team that they have been given the best care. When the patient has developed a postoperative infection it may indicate the patient did not receive the best care and the patient should strongly consider learning their legal rights. Even if a postoperative infection was not the result of malpractice, it is better to ensure your rights are being protected.

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If you or a loved one believe you may have been injured by your healthcare system, contact us today. We are specialized in handling medical malpractice suits and can quickly determine if you should pursue your case.

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