When you visit the hospital for medical treatment, you should expect to get better, not worse. However, many hospitals are breeding grounds for dangerous diseases that can infect you and leave you more ill than you were before. One such disease is MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Hospitals should be kept clean and sterile so that patients are not at risk for catching life-threatening diseases when seeking medical help. Sadly, however, not all hospitals live up to these standards. If you or someone you love has contracted MRSA at a hospital, you should speak to a medical malpractice attorney about your legal rights. Contact a Champaign medical malpractice lawyer from Spiros Law, P.C., today at 217-328-2828 to discuss the facts of your case.
The Dangers of HA-MRSA
When MRSA is contracted at a hospital, it is called HA-MRSA, or Healthcare-Associated MRSA. HA-MRSA is a variation of the “staph” bacteria, which is often visible in the form of a skin infection. Most staph infections are easy to treat using specific antibiotics. However, this type of staph is resistant to methicillin, which is the antibiotic commonly used to treat the infection.
There are several dangers associated with HA-MRSA. First, since you are already in the hospital, you probably already have a weakened immune system. This can make you more susceptible to the ravages of these bacteria. Also, if you have undergone surgery, HA-MRSA is able to sink deep into your body and may even infect your bones, which can be deadly.
Hospitals should help people heal, not harm them even further. If your life or the life of someone you love has been put at risk due to hospital negligence in preventing the spread of disease, you should speak to a medical malpractice attorney about your legal options. For more information, contact the Champaign medical malpractice attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., today at 217-328-2828.