MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is an infection that is resistant to various different types of antibiotic. It is thought that approximately 1 in 30 people carry MRSA on their skin, and remain unaffected by the infection. It tends to be people who are more at risk of infection, such as people with a compromised immune system or post-op patients who become unwell with MRSA. Where this has been caused by medical negligence, there is a case to claim for compensation. It can be very difficult to prove negligence in such cases as it can unfortunately sometimes simply be a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You have 3 years from the date of diagnoses or from the date complications became apparent. Our team of medicinal negligence lawyers will analysis your circumstance and help form a viable case for you claim.
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When being admitted to hospital for a planned procedure, it is standard to do a test for MRSA and to then treat or implement preventative measures where applicable. It may be easier to prove medical negligence where the patient tested negative upon admission, and later contracted MRSA while in the care of a healthcare facility. Where a case of MRSA is due to clinical negligence, it can be for a number of reasons. It could be due to poor hygiene practices by the medical staff in the hospital or clinic where the patient received treatment. Medical staff are routinely trained in protocols for preventing infections, and as a result should always strictly adhere to them. Even if they do not, it can be very difficult for the pursuer or their legal representative to prove this. The cleanliness of hospital equipment can also be the cause of a patient contracting infections while in hospital. Things such as drips, catheters and feeding tubes can carry infection if not properly sanitised, and should be monitored and changed routinely.
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Poor wound care post-op or poor regulation of surgical equipment could also be potential causes of MRSA. It could, again, be difficult to prove such a claim, but it is imperative when exercising vigilant infection control that any instruments used are sanitised to the highest possible standards. This is especially important when the instruments will make contact with the patients’ insides. Poor wound care can be the cause of many different infections, not just MRSA. An open wound is a pathway for infection and is the perfect environment for this due to the moisture and warmth of the inside of a wound.
Although resistant to commonly used antibiotics, MRSA can be treated with other forms of antibiotic, In addition to the infection causing the patient distress, the antibiotics themselves (if required long term and in high doses) can have negative side effects of their own. They can cause the patient to feel more unwell, they can cause weakened dental enamel and they can end up having to use trial and error before they find the drug that best works with that patient and the strain they have contracted. So not only could the pursuer claim for the physical damage sustained, the mental distress may also be taken in to consideration should a claim be successful.
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