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How can doctors and hospitals prevent infections?

Illinois residents need to be able to trust their doctors, nurses and hospitals when they're in the middle of a medical crisis. Sadly, however, many times these medical professionals can make mistakes that result in serious injuries.

As previous posts here have mentioned, infections can occur when doctors make mistakes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are ways for healthcare professionals to avoid common types of healthcare associated infections. These preventative measures include following proper handwashing protocol during medical procedures. It also includes properly monitoring patients before, during and after medical procedures. The CDC also recommends that medical professionals be properly trained in these medical procedures in order to avoid infection.

In some cases, the prevention methods are specific to the type of infection that a medical professional was trying to avoid. For surgical site infections, for example, the CDC recommends that hospitals minimize the amount of personnel located in a room during a procedure. They also recommend the use of sterile dressings to protect the closure following surgery. In some cases, administering antibiotics or antimicrobials is necessary.

Medical professionals should understand how to best prevent infections in patients. It should not be the patient's job to know or understand how infection spreads. Sadly, many Illinois residents will become the victim of an unnecessary infection as a result of medical malpractice. When medical malpractice occurs, people need to understand their legal rights. Getting the right information can help people understand how to move forward from medical mistake.

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