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Infections associated with healthcare in Illinois

When Illinois residents are sick or hurt, they may require the help of medical professionals. Doctors are supposed to have the training and experience necessary to be able to properly diagnose and treat a variety of serious and common illnesses and injuries. In many cases, doctors take their job seriously and provide great relief to their patients.

In other cases, however, doctors can be negligent. They can skip steps, fail to recognize signs of disease and fail to properly diagnose patients. Worse than that, doctors can even make people sick. Infections associated with healthcare are a real problem in medical facilities across the United States. These infections occur in patients who have used certain devices or have undergone certain medical procedures.

People who contract these infections can face of variety of serious complications that can threaten a person's overall health. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are four main types of healthcare associated infections that effect patients.

The first type of infection is a ventilator associated pneumonia. This is an infection that can affect a person's lungs when the person has been on a ventilator. In this case, the germs enter through the tubes and get stuck in the person's lungs.

Another type of healthcare associated infection is a surgical site infection. Surgical site infections occur when a person has had surgery, and these infections can be skin deep or can be more serious and involve tissues under the skin.

The third type of infection is a urinary tract infection involving patients treated with a catheter. In these cases, bacteria enters the urinary tract system and infects the patient.

Finally, there can be a bloodstream infection related to the use of a central line. Data shows that thousands of deaths each year are attributed to infections that enter the body through a central line placed by medical professionals.

If a medical professional is responsible for a person's infection, that person may be entitled to compensation. Through medical malpractice lawsuit, people may be able to hold the doctors responsible for their actions.

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