C-Difficile, MRSA And All Other Hospital Super Bugs
The rise in the number of reported cases of hospital super bugs over the last few years has been substantial. Although some of the super bugs, such as MRSA, have been known of since the 1960s they are now much more prominent than ever before due to a drop in cleaning standards and hygiene routines in our hospitals. If you, or someone you care about, has been affected by a hospital super bug, this can be a very stressful and worrying time. The Legal Oracle can help you by putting you in touch with expert solicitors who can assess your chances of success in making a claim for compensation and try to alleviate your fears.
The most recent – and most deadly – of the hospital super bugs is Clostridium Difficile (better known as C-Difficile). In 2003, this super bug caught the attention of the general public when 41 pensioners at Stoke Mandeville Hospital died following an outbreak of the bug, which was found to have been caused by the lack of cleanliness and hygiene procedures at the hospital.
C-Difficile is a naturally occurring bacterium found in the gut which multiplies when the natural balance of bacteria is altered. This usually occurs after the patient has undergone a course of antibiotics. Those people most susceptible to contracting C-Difficile include those being treated by antibiotics, the elderly and people recovering from surgery.
The bug is particularly threatening because it has become immune to antibiotics and can survive outside of the body for up to 70 days, often in the vicinity of dirty floors and toilets. In addition, C-Difficile is even resistant to some cleaning products which makes it even more difficult to kill and increases the chances of it spreading.
Symptoms of C-Difficile
The main symptoms of C-Difficile is diarrhoea which will either pass within a couple of days or become more severe and watery with blood. This may lead to severe dehydration and damage to the bowel.
Methicillian Resistant Staphylococcis Aureus, or ‘MRSA’, has been around since the 1960s and, like C-Difficile, is particularly threatening as it is resistant to antibiotics. MRSA causes infections in the body which are often very difficult to treat and can sometimes lead to death.
Those most at risk of contracting MRSA include patients with open wounds, patients with drips, and the elderly and infirm as they have a weakened immune system.
Symptoms of MRSA
The main symptom of MRSA is the appearance of small red bumps on the skin which begin to increase in size and sometimes accompanied by a fever and/or rash.
Making A Claim
If you, or someone you care about, has contracted a super bug and can prove that it was caused as a result of the lack of cleanliness and poor hygiene procedures in the hospital or other treatment centre in which you or they were being cared for, you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence.
The Legal Oracle can put you in touch with expert solicitors who specialise in pursuing claims for compensation for victims of hospital super bugs such as C-Difficile and MRSA. Our solicitors can answer any questions you may have and can guide you through the process of making a claim. The Legal Oracle service for you is free of charge and without obligation.
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