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Hand hygiene in hospitals imperative to prevent infections

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2022 | Hospital Negligence |

Many of the people in New York hospitals are susceptible to infections and other illnesses simply because they are in a location with many sick people. Many already have weakened immune systems or have open wounds. This means that it is very important that the hospital is clean. The medical personnel take the proper steps to ensure medical errors do not occur and they are not spreading various bacteria and viruses.

One of the most important aspects of preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses is hand hygiene. According to a study, hand washing in households reduced the occurrence of different bacteria-related illnesses by over 50% for many viruses when compared to households that did not practice good hand hygiene.

Reasons poor hand hygiene occurs in hospitals

This highlights how important such a simple task can be in the hospital setting. However, due to certain circumstances unfortunately hand hygiene is not always practiced properly. One of the bigger obstacles to practicing proper hand hygiene is staffing levels. When hospitals are not staffed properly hand hygiene practices among nurses can diminish and infections are more likely to spread. Related to staffing levels, time demands on the nurses also can lead to problems. Another contributing factor is when hand hygiene is being practiced, proper techniques are not being followed by the medical personal.

These problems may be understandable given certain circumstances, but that does not mean that they should occur. If poor hand hygiene leads to the spread of illnesses in the hospital, the patients affected by the new infections may be entitled to compensation for the damages they suffer as a result.

Patients in New York affected by poor hand hygiene may need to initiate a medical malpractice lawsuit in order to receive the compensation they deserve though. These can be complicated lawsuits though and consulting with experienced attorneys who can guide one through the process may be beneficial