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New York has a high rate of healthcare-associated infections

There are a number of things that people in New York can do to help ensure that they remain healthy. Individuals can eat healthy foods, wash their hands, put ice on injuries, rest, clean cuts and scrapes, and many other things. Taking these steps will not ensure that a person will not get sick or need to go to doctor to treat an injury though. From time to time, individuals do need to go to the doctor in order to receive the proper medical treatment to help them get healthy once again.

Sometimes this medical treatment can be invasive, oftentimes in the form of surgery. These operations usually involve incisions and doctors putting their hands and medical instruments into patients. While such actions are typically necessary, there are risks involved in these situations. One danger that arises more frequently than people may realize is infection.. Some of these infections can be very dangerous for a patient who is already trying to recover from the medical problem that brought him or her to the hospital in the first place.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York has a higher rate of these types of infections than the national average. These infections can occur in a number of ways, such as when lines are put into people's veins, catheters are inserted, the surgery site is improperly cleaned, and ventilators are improperly maintained. Out of all these types of infections, New York healthcare facilities are lower than the national average only for infections associated with ventilators.

The statistics demonstrate that there are many people in New York who end up with infections while at a medical facility. Many times these infections are caused because medical professionals did not properly clean their hands or the instruments they use. If this is the case, then a patient may be entitled to compensation for his or her damages if the error rises to the level of medical malpractice. Experienced attorneys understand when medical professionals fall below the accepted standards and may be a useful resource when pursuing legal action.

Source: CDC, "Healthcare Associated Infections - New York - Acute Care Hospitals" accessed on March 12, 2018

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