Hospital Acquired Infection and Sepsis

Hospital acquired infections such as MRSA, C-diff or Legionella have come to prominence in recent decades in the press, and so most of us are aware of them. But it will still be a great shock to find that as a result of an operation or post-operative care you have one of these infections and that you will probably require longer-term treatment to bring you back to full health.

When you go into hospital to undergo surgery, you will no doubt be feeling anxious and concerned. You may well understand what the surgery entails after chatting with your surgeon and the medical staff in charge of your care, and you will probably also know what the risk factors. But if after your operation is successful you then pick up a hospital acquired infection, or you develop a serious condition called sepsis, you could be left feeling worse than when you were admitted to hospital. It is important to note that contraction of such an infection is not necessarily as a result of negligence. 

Other infections that could be acquired in hospital include:

·       Tuberculosis 

·       Pneumonia 

·       Urinary Tract Infections

·       Gastroenteritis 

 Issues that can contribute to you acquiring such an infection include:

·       Evident sub-standard hand-washing by medical staff

·       Lack of cleanliness in the wards and wider hospital

·       Medical staff missing the opportunity to identify possible symptoms of the infection at an early stage

·       failure to examinee properly and the signs of an infection could have been missed

·        records in hospital may not be adequately updated 

Any hospital acquired infection can, in some rare cases, go on to cause sepsis, particularly in those patients who are already deemed high risk, such as those with diabetes and the elderly. Sepsis is an incredibly serious and life-threatening condition; it is the body’s increased response to the infection which can lead to tissues and muscles being damaged, organ failure and death. Once diagnosed, sepsis is treated using an intensive course of IV antibiotics and IV fluids, normally in an intensive care setting and anyone who has developed sepsis will have a long road of recovery ahead of them. 

Due to the medical negligence of the hospital, meaning that you may have acquired an infection from your operation or care within it, which may or may not have then triggered sepsis, you will likely require extra long-term care which will need to be arranged and funded. You and your family may be able to claim for compensation which could mean that any long-lasting effects that you suffer with as a result of infections you have acquired in hospitals can be properly supported and rehabilitated. 

This is, of course, a very difficult time for you and your family, and the lasting effects of any issues you may have received due to medical negligence may still yet to be fully realised. It is important to us at T G Baynes that we are sensitive to the needs of you and your family at this tough time. We are experienced in helping victims of medical negligence to understand what went wrong during or after their surgery and how you may be able to claim the compensation you deserve as result of negligence by the hospital. 

We will always listen to you and your family and we will guide you through the legal process from start to finish, providing you with the full facts of the case at all times and being on hand to provide the legal support you may need at this time. 

For an informal chat or to make an appointment please call any of our offices on 01322 295555 / 020 8301 7777 / 01689 886000 or email