Hospital Infections Leave People Questioning if the Tap Water is Safe
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jul 24, 2014 in Medical Malpractice
Late last month, the Greenville Health System reported that 14 people had been infected by a bacteria found at a Greenville Hospital. After GHS blamed the local tap water for the infection, residents are questioning how safe the water is for use.
According to the latest reports, 15 surgical patients were diagnosed with mycobacterium abscesses, four of whom died. Hospital officials believe that as many as 180 people may still be at risk of becoming ill.
Mycobacteria can be found in the national environment, including water, soil and dust. Most people experience no symptoms or adverse health effects. However, those with open wounds, who receive injections without the appropriate skin disinfection and with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to becoming infected.
A mycobacterium infection can lead to serious lung infections, enlarged lymph glands, shortness of breath and other debilitating symptoms.
GHS blamed the recent infections on tap water and officials say they have taken steps to eliminate the bacteria. On Monday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control assured the public that the quality of Greenvilles drinking water is not an issue.
Although the bacterium it is not a health risk for most people out there, when the organism amplifies, it can be harmful.
Currently, the Greenville Health System is using an alternative machine that does not utilize tap water in order to prevent further infections.
Health facilities are supposed to keep patients in good health, including ensuring that the water being used is safe and sterile. If you or someone you love has fallen ill due to the negligence of hospital personnel, the victim may be entitled to file a claim for damages.
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