The biggest aspect of the doctor-patient relationship is the duty of care.
A patient expects the doctor to provide the necessary care and treatment to recover from any injury or medical condition they have. A doctor expects the patient to heed that advice and follow the treatment plan advised.
However, when the duty of care is breached and the medical facility or professional fails to provide proper care, serious harm can result. This is no different when it comes to preventing the spread of serious infections throughout the facility.
The Need to Isolate Issues Involving Severe Infections
In any medical facility, identifying severe and contagious infections should be of high priority as it allows the medical professional an opportunity to isolate the problem. Doing so can help prevent others from contracting the infection and suffering significant harm.
The doctors and other staff must work to determine the type of infection a patient may have, whether or not it can spread easily to others, and work to keep any contaminations from spreading throughout the area.
How Do Infections Spread In Hospitals?
It’s difficult to understand how it happens, but one of the most common ways infections are spread is the lack of sterilization of tools used for surgery and other procedures.
For instance, if a doctor uses a medical instrument on a patient with an infection, and the instrument is not sterilized properly, and they then use the same instrument on another patient, it could spread the infection.
If you or a loved one has suffered an infection as a result of medical negligence, know that this can be considered medical malpractice. The party responsible for allowing the infection to spread can be held accountable for their actions.
At Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber, our Cleveland medical malpractice lawyers aim to help victims of medical negligence seek the outcome they need to move forward. You deserve compensation and we’re here to help you.