You may not even remember much about your stay in the intensive care unit. You may have woken up in a normal hospital room to find that your stay in the ICU gave you a life-threatening case of sepsis. Doctors may have told you that they treated you for this severe and potentially terminal infection and the danger has passed.
Few people like to go to the hospital, and if you've ever been to a hospital either visiting or as a patient, you might have feared that you could get sick just from being there. The sad reality is that you could contract a bacterial or viral infection in a hospital setting, which is supposed to guard against illness. The source of such infections could come from exposure to a patient, unsanitary conditions or unsterile equipment.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University recently published a deeply unsettling report on medical care in the United States. According to the analysis, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.
Good news for hospital patients in Houston and elsewhere. A recent project by seven big hospitals across the country has reduced surgery-linked infections by almost one-third. These types of surgical errors can cost hospitals millions of dollars.
Houston readers may be interested to know that a policy implemented by Medicare that was designed to force hospitals to lower their infection rates has not had any effect. Infections in hospitals are a growing concern that could lead to many wrongful death cases.