Have you experienced a serious infection as a result of urinary catheter?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are prevalent healthcare-acquired infections within U.S. hospitals. Healthcare-acquired infections are a leading cause of death in the United States and UTIs account for 36 percent of all healthcare-acquired infections, according to the Association for Professionals in Infections Control and Epidemiology.
What is a Urinary Catheter?
A urinary catheter is a standard medical device that most healthcare professionals are familiar with. A catheter is used to collect urine when a patient in the hospital cannot control his or her own bladder. It is inserted through the urethra. Catheters are widely overused in United States hospitals and they are often forgotten. Infection can set in and be very dangerous.
The American Journal of Medicine published research that shows the rate of use of catheters in United States hospitals is extremely high. 31% of hospitalized patients who receive a urinary catheter do not actually need one. Sometimes the catheters are used when they are not necessary to save busy nurses time by not having to clean up accidents that may otherwise occur.
Additionally, believe it or not, catheters are often times forgotten and they are left inside of a patient for too long, resulting in urinary tract infections (UTIs) that can be very painful, require further medical treatment, and can even result in serious injury or death in some cases.
Nurses are medical professionals, like doctors, and can be held liable for harm that they cause to a patient. When a nurse uses a catheter unnecessarily and fails to remove it properly or to monitor it in a timely and effective manner, and when this leads to infection and other complications, you may be able to recover financial damages for your loss, pain and suffering as a result.
Van Wey Law is here to help you. Our team is prepared to work closely with you to prove you have been a victim of medical malpractice. The healthcare professional responsible should be held accountable.