(PRWEB) January 08, 2014
Chicago medical malpractice lawyer Patrick A. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. said today that his firm is deeply concerned that a very dangerous bacteria has been linked to procedures performed at a Chicago suburban hospital last year.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has discovered 44 cases of a strain of bacteria called carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, in northeast Illinois, including 38 confirmed cases involving patients at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. (“Largest outbreak of dangerous bacteria in U.S. tied to Park Ridge hospital,” Chicago Sun-Times, January 5, 2014.)
The patients underwent an endoscopic procedure of the pancreas or bile ducts between January and September 2013, according to the newspaper.
“It is extremely alarming that so many patients have been impacted by this dangerous bacteria,” said Salvi, managing equity partner of the Chicago law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., which is currently investigating the CRE cases in Illinois.
“Patients are supposed to get medical care and leave a hospital feeling better. Instead, according to these reports, this group of patients left Advocate Lutheran General with life-threatening bacteria.”
Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae are a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics.
According to the CDC, in healthcare settings, CRE infections most commonly occur among patients who are receiving treatment for other conditions. Some CRE bacteria have become resistant to most available antibiotics. Infections with these germs are very difficult to treat and can be deadly. CRE has been associated with high mortality rate of up to 40 to 50 in some studies, the CDC reports.
According to the Sun-Times, after seven patients from Advocate Lutheran General returned to the hospital with CRE, an investigation found a link between the bacteria and patients who under underwent an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatograph. The procedure is used to treat problems of the bile and pancreatic ducts and identify tumors, gallstones, or an infection.
Lawyer Patrick A. Salvi encourages patients who believe they have been exposed to CRE to seek legal help in addition to medical assistance.
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