Surgical Site Infection
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Exposing the inside of the human body to outside bacteria always creates the risk of infection in surgical patients, making proper sanitation a vital aspect of any surgical procedure. In most cases, however, taking proper precautions during all stages of the surgery—including the post-operative phase—can drastically reduce and prevent surgical site infections. Increases in knowledge regarding the widespread nature of surgical site infections may have resulted in a correspondingly increased awareness of the need for caution in the form of surgical protocols and checklists designed to prevent these infections, but incidences of surgical site infections have continued to rise nonetheless.
Even in cases where the infection itself was perhaps unavoidable, your medical team has a legal duty to closely monitor your progress following surgery to prevent surgical site infections from becoming worse. When a medical professional fails to adhere to the protocols implemented by the hospital to prevent surgical site infection, you may be entitled to financial compensation via a lawsuit for medical malpractice.
At Matzus Law LLC, our skilled medical malpractice lawyers bring over 20 years’ experience to the table, and we have developed a reputation for exceptional legal representation in the community through our dedication to client service and our tireless work ethic. We know how important it is that you recover full compensation for your injuries and we put all of our substantial experience to work in making sure you are justly compensated for the harm you have suffered because of a surgical site infection.
Surgical site infections can occur in any number of ways, some of which involve surgical risks that cannot be entirely eliminated through proper care on the part of your surgeon and medical team. In other cases, however, surgical site infections are the direct result of a failure by a medical professional to follow generally accepted medical standards in order to prevent infections and the adverse consequences that can result. Surgical site infections can be caused by the negligent:
Even if you are suffering from a surgical error, you may not immediately know what is causing your pain or discomfort—after all, the surgery itself is invasive enough to create post-surgical discomfort and complications even without infection. Some signs that you may be suffering from a surgical site infection include:
In order to recover compensation for the harm caused by a surgical site infection, we must investigate to determine whether it was the medical provider’s negligence that directly caused that infection. Evidence of a medical provider’s negligence can be found by:
If you or a loved one have suffered harm after contracting a surgical site infection in Western Pennsylvania, our lawyers are here to help. While the cause of your surgical site infection may not be immediately apparent, we have the resources to determine the root cause of the harm you have suffered so that you can get the compensation you need. To schedule a free initial consultation with our experienced Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers, call or contact our office today.
Patients with weakened immune systems and the elderly are generally much more likely to contract surgical site infections than those with strong immune systems. Additionally, the risk of contracting a surgical site infection may increase with the length of the surgery itself, as the body is exposed to potential contaminants for a longer period of time. Patients who smoke, or who have diabetes or cancer, may also be at an increased risk for surgical site infections that make the use of even more stringent precautions before, during and after the surgery advisable. Because of the concentration of bacteria in the abdomen, abdominal surgeries also carry an increased risk of postoperative infections.
While some surgical site infections resolve with simple antibiotics, others may be much more complex to treat, especially if the infection impacts the internal organ involved in the surgery. Additional surgeries might be necessary to correct problems caused by the infection, and the infection can even result in sepsis or death. Surgical site infections can impact the skin, muscle tissue and underlying organs and can cause damage to all of these areas if not promptly and effectively treated.
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