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Poor hand hygiene in hospitals can lead to preventable infections

| Nov 15, 2020 | Hospital Negligence

People in New York get sick and hurt from time to time. It is part of life, however, the severity of the illnesses or injuries can vary greatly. Sometimes the injuries and illnesses will heal on their own with some rest at home. Other injuries and illnesses will require medical treatment at hospitals and could involve surgeries and lengthy hospital stays. When this type of medical care is necessary, the hope is that everything will go smoothly and the medical professionals will do their jobs correctly.

Unfortunately, though sometimes mistakes are made and people suffer even more severe medical conditions than when they originally went to the hospital. Sometimes the mistakes are major mistakes that should never happen, but others are smaller mistakes which may not seem like a big issue, but can lead to significant problems. One of these types of mistakes is medical professionals not practicing proper hand hygiene. This type of hospital negligence can lead to infections which have very detrimental effects on the patient.

Proper hand hygiene techniques

Medical professionals should be cleaning their hands before and after providing care to patients. However, some medical professionals follow proper hand hygiene techniques less than half of the time.

People should be using alcohol-based hand sanitizers most of the time. They should also make sure to thoroughly clean their entire hands, including all finger tips, in between the fingers and the back of their hands. In certain situations though, they will need to use soap and water if the hands are soiled or for certain bacteria not killed by alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

When medical professionals in New York do not practice proper hand hygiene, the patients can suffer infections that can even lead to death. People who do get infections due to negligent hand hygiene may be entitled to compensation for their additional injuries though. This can be very helpful as they may lose more time at work and incur more medical bills. Experienced attorneys understand these complicated cases and many be a useful resource.

 

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