If you are in hospital, either due to illness or injury, it’s likely you have experienced enough disruption within your life. Yet, the risk of a hospital acquired infection is still an on-going issue.
Bolton, UK (PRWEB UK) 22 May 2013
Described by a senior member of staff as “Appalling,” figures have been released outlining the prevalence of hospital acquired infections at the Royal Bolton Hospital. With six cases of the superbug ‘Clostridium Difficule’, the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, has already had an increase in incident within the first month of this year (1).
The Bolton Evening News reported on the occurrence, in their article “Hospital’s ‘Appalling’ Failure on Superbug Rate’ (Friday 10th May 2013). Last year the trust failed to reach its target of no more than 28 cases of the disease. With an end figure of 65, they managed to exceed their target by over 130%.
As reported in the Bolton Evening News, with six instances in January alone, even with the target remaining at last year’s levels, it seems unlikely the trust will achieve the required figure of just 28 C difficile cases (1).
An increase in Clostridium Difficule cases can have serious implications for a hospital. Patients contract the infection when hygiene protocols aren’t followed effectively, allowing for an increased risk of transfer of infections. This contamination can occur for a number of reasons, through improper hand washing, the improper disposal or reuse of infected tools and material, or an instance where facilities have been improperly cleaned prior to patient use (2).
A hospital is considered duty bound to follow the above protocols. A case rate higher than expected would suggest that the levels of hygiene within the hospital are lower than the required expectations (1). Allowing an infection to spread means patients may be exposed to a variety of illnesses when at their most vulnerable.
Asons Executive, Thomas Fairclough, commented on the figures –
“If you are in hospital, either due to illness or injury, it’s likely you have experienced enough disruption within your life. Yet, the risk of a hospital acquired infection is still an on-going issue, as demonstrated in the level of Clostridium Difficule cases within the Royal Bolton Hospital.
"Contracting a further illness during a hospital stay, which could have been easily prevented by following hygiene protocols, simply shouldn’t happen. Superbugs should not be the issue they are, and it is tantamount to medical negligence.”
In the event that you consider yourself to have been subject to a hospital acquired infection, you must seek legal advice as quickly as possible. Taking action can prevent the same situation from reoccurring, helping others to avoid injury in future.
If you, or someone you know, have suffered as a result of medical negligence then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Asons Solicitors deal with hospital acquired infection claims on a regular basis, you can contact them on: 0844 850 1062 or you can fill out their claim form at http://www.asons.co.uk
About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.
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