A hospital can be a very dangerous place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that, each year, nearly three quarters of a million patients contract a hospital-acquired infection and a staggering 75,000 patients die from them: the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing each day.
Even with the development of new tools to reduce or eliminate infection, hospital acquired infections continue to harm patients as the bacteria become more virulent and resistant. Many hospitals have not demonstrated the will to implement the measures necessary to prevent infections. As a result, tens of thousands of patients die needlessly.
Infectious diseases are complicated. They include healthcare acquired infections, necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly known as the “flesh-eating” infection, encephalitis, spinal abscesses, sepsis, drug resistant infections, C. difficile, surgical site infections, staph infections, and diabetic wounds.
The Dennehy Law Firm is committed to being a part of the solution. We work closely with board certified infectious disease specialists. Our staff analyzes differential diagnostic possibilities and outlines presumptive therapies. The process includes review of medical records; analysis of guidelines and protocols for diagnosis and treatment; and identification of state-of-the-art research.
Although these cases can be extremely difficult, we believe that they present an opportunity to focus attention on this important area and bring about change. We believe that our efforts make health care safer and medical practitioners and institutions more accountable. (See our article “Sick Hospitals” on the Press Page.)