Nobody ever wants to have to be admitted to a hospital. Unfortunately,
there are times when there is no other option to treat a serious medical
condition. When someone must go to the hospital, the last thing he or
she wants is to acquire a new infection during his or her stay.
Nevertheless, many people in the U.S. do end up with infections they did
not previously have following a hospital stay. Approximately one out of
every 20 patients in the hospital acquires an infection while in the hospital.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 100,000
people across the country die every year due to hospital-acquired infections.
In addition, these infections result in medical expenses estimated at
approximately $30 billion annually.
As a result of the prevalence of such infections, some hospitals have started
to take action to prevent these dangerous infections. For instance, approximately
100 hospitals across the country have started using machines that use
ultraviolet light to kill certain strains of bacteria and viruses. The
machines are used in addition to the recommended ways to clean hospital
rooms, typically involving the use of bleach. In addition, hospitals have
been encouraged to clean everything within a hospital room, including
the TV remote control and bed rails.
Hospitals have reported a striking reduction in the number of infections
acquired at their facilities after implementing the ultraviolet light machines.
When someone acquires an infection in a hospital due to negligent cleaning
practices, he or she may be entitled to compensation to cover the damage caused.