What’s one of the most germ-ridden locations in any town, including Louisville? Why, the hospital, of course!
According to the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID), hospital infections kill more people in the United States than do AIDS, breast cancer, and car accidents combined. Consider all of the people who pass through the emergency room, carrying myriad viruses, bacteria, funguses—all ready to be shared. Does one need to wear a mask to keep from picking up a harmful infection during a hospital stay?
Maybe not. RID compiled a list of “15 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Risk of a Hospital Infection.” Make sure you study this list carefully; take a copy with you to the hospital.
Conditions Have Improved
Years ago, hospitals were allowed to keep their infection rates from the public. In recent years, thankfully, 26 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws requiring hospitals to make this information available to the public. Check out the hospital to which you are slated to be admitted.
Another improvement occurred a few years ago when Medicare stopped paying hospitals to treat several preventable infections. The hospitals may not bill the patients for these treatments, either.
Sometimes a Louisville hospital stay results in an additional illness or injury—or even death. If this has happened to someone you love, contact the medical malpractice attorneys in Kentucky at Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.