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Hospital's lack of cleanliness may have led to fatal infection

When the people of Syracuse are sick they go to the hospital, and when someone is so sick that he or she needs to be hospitalized, it is obvious that doctors, nurses and hospital staff need to ensure that they don't make things worse by introducing an infection. Sadly, some in the medical profession don't take this as seriously as they should, leading to potentially fatal infections for individuals with already compromised immune systems. This kind of medical malpractice can quickly lead to a lawsuit for damages.

It is unknown if the parents of one young boy will file a wrongful death or medical malpractice claim against the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center after he died earlier this month. The young boy had come to the hospital after suffering complications from an earlier bone marrow transplant. Because he had a weakened immune system, he was extremely susceptible to infection. Sadly, Klebsiella pneumoniae, is an antibiotic-resistant bacterium. The boy initially responded to medication, though the infection soon become resistant to it, as well.

This boy is the seventh person to die from the infection and the 17th to become infected by it at this hospital. During the worst periods of infection, the hospital had built a wall to contain infected patients, hired people to monitor hospital staff members' cleanliness and carried out widespread disinfection of rooms. Unfortunately, they failed to catch it completely, as evidenced by this boy's recent death.

It is a tragedy when someone dies because hospital staff members fail to follow proper procedures. When someone goes to a hospital, he or she should not have to worry that doctors or nurses will put him or her in a worse physical condition than when he or she was first admitted.

Source: Washington Post, "NIH superbug claims 7th victim," Brian Vastag and Lena H. Sun, Sept. 14, 2012

As part of our medical malpractice work, we have represented victims of Syracuse doctors' negligence. Learn more on our website.

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