What is MRSA and How Can it be Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice?

MRSA Infections Could be Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice, and They Could be Fatal


When we go to the hospital, we do not expect to end up worse then when we got there.  We also do not expect to leave with new conditions, diseases, or injuries that.  Unfortunately, hospital acquired infections are more common than one may think.  According to the CDC, one in 25 hospital patients will contract a hospital acquired infection.  This is a rather large number considering the shear volume of patients that hospitals will treat in a given day.  Of these hospital acquired infections, some will be “MRSA” which is a particularly dangerous type of infection.


What is MRSA?


MRSA is the name given for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.  This is a type of bacteria that causes nasty, painful, and debilitating infections throughout the body, with particular occurrence at surgical sites, procedure sites, and in the blood, lungs, and urinary tract (especially with catheter use).  While not all MRSA infections are untreatable, these are bacteria infections which are commonly known as “super bugs” because some strains are completely resistant to antibiotics.


This means that the patient who cannot be treated with antibiotics will need to be treated for the symptoms and damages that the infection causes, which includes extra fluids, fever reducing medications, and nourishment.  This is why MRSA is particularly devastating and accounts for approximately 20,000 deaths each year in the United States alone.


Are MRSA Infections Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice?


While infection is a common risk with any surgery or procedure, the CDC has taken a stance that MRSA infections are not part of that common risk.  According to the CDC, it believes that following proper hospital and CDC guidelines will “largely—if not completely” prevent MRSA infections.  This means that MRSA infections occurring at a hospital will likely be caused due to the negligence of a healthcare provider.


Some common ways that a healthcare provider may cause a MRSA infection include the following:


  • Failing to follow infectious disease protocol;
  • Improperly scrubbing before surgery;
  • Using dirty tools or instruments;
  • Improperly sterilizing tools between surgeries;
  • Failing to sanitize the operating room, patient’s room, or critical areas of the hospital where a patient will be in;
  • Neglecting to regularly check and replace a patient’s catheter or IV;
  • Improperly closing a surgical site leaving it susceptible to infection;
  • Breaching hospital policies and procedures regarding infections and MRSA;
  • Failing to identify MRSA or the signs of an infection when it is early and easiest to treat; and
  • Many other causes.


When a healthcare provider makes some of these mistakes, it can be due to Oregon medical malpractice.  The reason is because the healthcare provider has a duty to properly care and treat a patient, and protect him or her from infection.  When an infection occurs due to one of these mistakes above or possibly another cause, it is likely that the healthcare provider breached his or her duty of care.  If that breach causes personal injuries or wrongful death to a patient, the healthcare provider will likely be liable for such damages.


Did You Contract a MRSA Infection While at a Hospital or After Being Treated?  You May Have a Claim for Your Damages!


Damages from MRSA an due extensive.  According to one case, a MRSA infection cost a patient approximately $300,000, massive scarring, structural damage in his knee, and four months of recovery.  Damages from these infections that a victim may be compensated for include the pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, lost earnings, and loss of love and affection with the family.  If you or a family member have suffered a MRSA infection, call Kuhlman Law, LLC to evaluate whether you may be entitled to have these damages paid for by a negligent healthcare provider or hospital.


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