Drug-resistant microorganisms are just one category of scary monsters that tend to pop up in the headlines on Florida news feeds, alongside a seemingly endless cast of invasive species, as well as the local American alligator, specimens of which seem to be growing increasingly fearless, perhaps to compete with all the ferocious newcomers. “Super bugs,” the popular name for infectious agents that cannot be killed by the usual drugs used to treat infectious diseases, are not the result of climate change or the exotic pet trade, though. Cases of drug-resistant infections often indicate negligence on the part of doctors, nurses, and other employees of a healthcare facility; these infections most often occur in hospitals and nursing homes. If someone close to you has become ill with a drug-resistant infection they contracted in a hospital or other healthcare facility, contact a Florida medical malpractice lawyer.
Beware of the Super Fungus
Nosocomial infections are infectious diseases that happen exclusively or nearly exclusively in hospitals and other medical facilities. They are able to spread so quickly because the people who are exposed to them are already sick and have less resistance to infection. Still, most nosocomial infections are preventable. They are not highly contagious like the common cold; you cannot catch them just by being in the same room and breathing the same air as an infected person. Nosocomial infections most often occur through direct contact with a contaminated surface or object, such as when a healthcare worker touches a patient’s wound or inserts an IV without first washing his or her hands or putting on an unused pair of gloves.
Candida auris is the latest nosocomial infection to get a lot of press. It is a fungal infection that spreads quickly when the fungus enters the bloodstream, often reaching the patient’s central nervous system. The news media have called C. auris a “super fungus” because it is very difficult to destroy; most antifungal drugs on the market are ineffective against it. The CDC issued a warning about C. auris infections in Florida this month; it said that cases of C. auris have been documented in South Florida, specifically in nursing homes in Broward County and Miami-Dade County.
Nosocomial Infections and Medical Negligence
Employees of nursing homes and hospitals must follow strict procedures to prevent the spread of infection; these procedures are highly effective at preventing drug-resistant infections like C. auris. If someone you know has gotten a C. auris infection, you should be suspicious. It could be a case of negligence. Talk to a medical malpractice lawyer to find out the next steps to suing the hospital or nursing home for negligence in failing to prevent a C. auris infection or other nosocomial infection.
Contact Smith, Ball & Báez Injury Lawyers About Medical Malpractice Cases
Infections in nursing homes are not just bad luck; they could be indicative of the nursing home staff’s failure to follow infection control procedures. Contact Palm Beach County medical malpractice attorneys at Smith, Ball & Báez Injury Lawyers for a consultation.