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Infection is a well known risk of medical care and treatment and is sometimes unavoidable using standard techniques and practices. However, when infected, failure to diagnose the infection and treat it appropriately may give rise to a claim for negligence.
Patients may also be infected as a result of dirty conditions, inadequate hygiene and unsafe practices, all of which can be prevented.
There has been a lot of media attention on hospital acquired infections, including so called “super bugs”, such as MRSA, C-Difficile and GRE.
The spread of these infections can be prevented through proper procedures and effective hygiene standards.
Generally speaking, the standard of hygiene in UK hospitals is extremely high. However, it may be that a facility is aware that an infection exists in their premises and fails to follow their own protocol, or exposes new patients to the infection, in which case they could be liable for injury suffered as a result of the infection.
Failure to correctly diagnose an infection in an acceptable time period, or to treat those who have been infected to an appropriate standard of care, may also give rise to a potential claim.
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