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.