MRSA Infections – early detection and treatment are key

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as “MRSA,” causes an aggressive infection that is resistant to several common antibiotics. It is estimated that about 90,000 people in the United States become sick each year from MRSA. Out of these 90,000, it is estimated that 18,000 will die from the infection (about 20%). While the infection has been associated with hospitals, where it infects people with weakened immune systems, many cases involve an aggressive strain, community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA. Community-associated MRSA is generally the result of skin-to-skin contact between individuals. The infection can move through the body very fast and can overwhelm even a health individual’s immune system. It can be spread through skin-to-skin with an infected person, or by touching surfaces or personal items used by infected people. As a result, this disease is common among athletes and people in hospitals and jails. MRSA infections often produce abscesses, boils and other pus-filled lesions on the skin.

In a Fox News report, the family of a 12-year-old boy that died from a staph infection intends to sue the city of New York, seeking damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Omar Rivera died from MRSA on October 14 at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. According to the report, Omar’s mother, Aileen Rivera, had taken the 7th grader to the hospital because she wasn’t satisfied with the care that he was getting at a clinic, which belongs to New York City’s public hospital system. Mrs. Rivera claims that the doctor at Kings County Hospital Center misdiagnosed Omar’s illness, identifying it as an allergic reaction rather than an infection. Because of this misdiagnosis, no tests were ordered and Omar was only given Benadryl for his skin lesions. Mrs. Rivera said her suit will be based upon the failure of doctors at Kings County Hospital Center to diagnose Omar’s MRSA infection.

To prevent community-associated MRSA the following steps are recommended:

–          Practice good hygiene

–          Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed

–          Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages

–          Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels, washcloths, razors, or clothes

–          Wash soiled sheets, towels and clothes in hot water with bleach and dry in a hot dryer

–          If a wound appears to be infected, see a healthcare provider. Treatment may include draining the infection and antibiotics.

–          TELL MEDICAL PROVIDER about any suspected exposure to sources of infection. Be your own advocate and make sure they test for infection.

Due to negligence or carelessness by a doctor, nurse, or hospital, people can suffer severe and life-altering injuries. When these mistakes occur, the negligent healthcare providers should be held accountable. Claims against doctors, nurses or hospitals may include claims for negligence, claims for emotional distress and even wrongful death. While not all bad medical results are the result of malpractice, if you believe that a preventable or avoidable medical error has occurred, you may want to have your case looked at by a medical malpractice attorney.

If you or a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice and you would like to speak with a personal injury lawyer, please contact us to speak to one of the lawyers at Curran & Desharnais, P.C., today at 781-618-3197 or 1-888-682-9194 or email Attorney Curran directly at jkcurran@verizon.net.

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