Central line bloodstream infections are very serious hospital infections which can occur as a result of placement of a central line. Read more about central line infections. Staphylococcus aureus and staphylococcus epidermidis are two kinds of bacteria which are the usual culprits behind these infections. Because of increased antibiotic resistance, these kinds of bacterial infections are often fatal.
The reality is that central line bloodstream infections can be prevented. By following five simple steps*, these kinds of hospital infections can be reduced significantly:
In addition to these simple steps, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has approved an exhaustive checklist designed to decrease these kinds of infections. Click here to view the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's approved central line insertion checklist. Some steps from the checklist include:
Patients who have suffered an infection may be eligible for financial compensation for medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one would like to discuss a potential medical malpractice case in New Jersey involving an infection, contact our office for a free, no obligation consultation. Our lawyers handle medical malpractice cases against New Jersey hospitals, doctors, surgeons, laboratories and more. Our lawyers have the expertise and resources of a large 200 lawyer firm to help prosecute these cases. 877.944.8396 Click here for NJ medical malpractice legal articles.
*Dr. Peter Provonost, "All Things Considered" Interview, NPR, Dec. 9, 2007 (Accessed: Jan. 19, 2013)
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