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Knowing your risk of hospital-acquired infections

Most doctors, nurses and other staffmembers in Arizona hospitals do their best to ensure that your health is the number one priority when you are a patient, but mistakes and negligence can lead to injuries, disease and even death. Hospital-acquired infections are more common than they should be and are often simply prevented by sufficient disinfecting and sterilizing. We at the Law Office of Jojene E. Mills have outlined the factors that can increase your chances of developing this type of infection.

According to Infection Control Today, there are three different categories of risk factors: iatrogenic, organizational and patient. Risk factors in the iatrogenic category covers actions that were made or should have been completed by health care professionals in order to reduce the spread of disease. This includes frequent handwashing and the use of antibiotics before certain procedures, such as intubation, urine catheterization and intravenous medicine administration. Failure to do these tasks can lead to a greater risk of infection.

Organizational risk factors refer to the state of the environment that you are in. This goes beyond the cleanliness of the counters, floors and other surfaces in the hospital and includes proper filtration of the air, water purity and patient bed concentration. Proper sterilization of medical devices is also an important part of preventing hospital-acquired diseases and infections.

The final factor involves the risks inherent by your situation as a patient, including what you are being treated for and how long you will stay. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.

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