Kingman Personal Injury Lawyer William Penn Comments on Hospital ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Report

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Arizona personal injury lawyer William Penn says hospitals need to take more precautions to prevent the spread of ‘nightmare bacteria’ among patients.

People go to hospitals to get better, not to come down with potentially untreatable infections.

Kingman personal injury lawyer William R. Penn today said hospital administrators and public health officials must take bold steps to stop the spread of so-called “nightmare bacteria,” which reportedly are resistant to antibiotics in 3.9 percent of all hospitals.

An increasing number of hospital patients have become infected with “nightmare bacteria,” according to a Reuters article on March 5. About 18 percent of specialty hospitals have bacteria resistant to antibiotics, according to the report.

“People go to hospitals to get better, not to come down with potentially untreatable infections,” said Penn, a personal injury attorney serving Flagstaff and all of Arizona. “I hope media reports about this ‘nightmare bacteria’ will spur action by doctors, hospital leaders and public health officials to work together to come up with a way to stop these infections from spreading.

During the past decade, more patients in hospitals have been infected with the incurable bugs known as Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which kill up to half of patients who acquire the infections, according to Reuters, which cited a new CDC report. CRE cases were reported in 4 percent of hospitals in 2012, up from 1 percent about a decade ago, the news service reported.

The CDC is trying to spread awareness about the antibiotic-resistant germs since they can be controlled with proper precautions and better practices, according to Reuters. The country of Israel, for instance, cut CRE infection rates in all 27 of its hospitals by more than 70 percent in one year, Reuters reported.

Some of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of CRE include washing hands and grouping patients with CRE together, according to Reuters. Using antibiotics sparingly and dedicating certain hospital staff members to only treat patients with CRE have also proven to be effective preventative measures, the news service reports. In one acute-care hospital in Florida that had a CRE outbreak, implementing such measures reduced the percentage of patients with CRE from 44 percent to zero, according to Reuters.

Penn said he commends hospitals that have implemented such successful methods for eliminating CRE cases. “The goal for every hospital should be no CRE cases,” Penn said. “One hospital proved it can be done. Others must do the same. Nothing else should be acceptable. All these studies suggest that if someone contracts a CRE, the hospital probably did something wrong. Holding hospitals accountable for errors serves a vital purpose: it prevents such mistakes from ever happening again. That’s why we work so hard. We tirelessly fight for the rights of injury victims in Arizona.”

About William R. Penn Law Offices
Serving clients throughout Arizona and Nevada, personal injury lawyer William R. Penn has a well-earned reputation for being an aggressive attorney who delivers results. Attorney Penn handles a wide range of cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, Social Security disability and Social Security income cases. Attorney Penn works for clients on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients do not pay anything if they do not win.

To contact attorney Penn, call (928) 753-1830 or complete the online contact form. The William R. Penn Law Offices is located at 519 Hall Street # A, Kingman, AZ 86401.

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