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14 Surgical Patients Affected by Bacterial Infection at Greenville Hospital

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jun 25, 2014 in Medical Malpractice

Greenville Health System has reported that it found a bacteria at a Greenville hospital that caused 14 infections in the past few months. The infections were primarily among surgical patients.

According to the hospital epidemiologist, one patient who was infected died, but the primary cause of death was an underlying disease.

The first patient with the atypical mycobacterium was infected back in March. It took a few months for some cases to show up because the organism has a long incubation period. The hospital has identified the piece of equipment that likely caused the infection and pulled it out of use along with other equipment used in surgeries.

Those who have tested positive for the bacteria are being notified.

An atypical mycobacterial infection is caused by a type of mycobacterium other than tuberculosis. This bacterium can cause a number of infections such as abscesses, septic arthritis and infect the lungs, lymph nodes and gastrointestinal tract.

Some symptoms of this type of infection include:

  • Fever
  • Enlarged lymph glands
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Joint and bone pain

A weakened immune system or underlying illness can make a person more likely to develop an infection if they are infected with an atypical mycobacterium.

According to data.medicare.gov, hospitals in Greenville County reported more than 250 observed cases of healthcare associated infections between July 2012 and June 2013. Infections observed included MRSA, C.Diff and surgical site infections. These types of infections can lead to prolonged hospital stays, medical complications and even death.

Health facilities are supposed to keep patients well, but when personnel fail to follow infection control procedures, they put their patients in danger.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a hospital-acquired infection, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Harbin Law for more information on your legal rights at 1(888)821-0247.

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