Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) also known as the ‘Superbug’ is a type of bacterial infection that is resistant to a variety of commonly used antibiotics. The increased resistance makes the infection hard to treat.
Staphylococcus Aureus (also known as Staph) is a common type of bacteria that is often found on the skin, inside the nostrils and the throat. If the bacterium breaches the skin it can cause mild infections of the skin, such as boils and impetigo. More serious consequences of contracting the bug include endocarditis, life-threatening infections and blood poisoning.
How do you get MRSA?
The infection is often contracted in hospitals or nursing homes, doctors will often refer to this as Healthcare-Associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). The reason for this is that hospital patients usually face a higher risk of contracting the bug due the hospital environment around them.
Hospital patients are more at risk because:-
Hospital patients often have a point of entry that the bacteria can breach in order to get into the patient’s body, Such as: surgical wounds, burns or an intravenous drip.
Hospital patients are usually older or weaker, which means they are more vulnerable to infection due to their poor immune system.
Due to hospitals being largely overcrowded it allows the bacteria to spread more easily due to direct contact between contaminated patients, surfaces or staff.
You can develop MRSA outside of hospital; this is known as Community-Associated MRSA (CA-MRSA). This usually occurs in crowded environments where frequent skin-to-skin contact occurs and hygiene is poor. There have been cases where MRSA has broken out in homeless shelters or military bases. How could the hospital or nursing home be responsible?
Failed to conduct adequate MRSA screening
Failed to recognise and treat infection promptly
Inappropriate care or drugs treatment
Poor wound care and failing to keep bandages or dressing clean
Failing to regularly clean wards to prevent spread of infection
How do I claim?
EAD Solicitors has experience in dealing with hospital infection claims. Our team of experienced medical negligence solicitors can guide you through the claim procedure and secure compensation for the pain and suffering that you have endured.
Call us today on 0151 735 1000 and speak to one of our medical negligence solicitors, or use our free and impartial Ask EAD service. If you would like to speak to one of our solicitors in person we have offices in Liverpool and Wavertree, or we can arrange home visits from one our Liverpool solicitors.
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