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We Represent Victims of Infection in Hospitals

Our law firm holds negligent healthcare providers accountable

Any location that has a large number of sick people in a small space is a potential hotbed of infection, and hospitals are no exception. Infections acquired in hospitals can be especially dangerous because they may be resistant to medication. That’s why it’s so important for hospitals to take steps to control the spread of infection.

No hospital can completely eliminate the risk of infection, but all hospitals owe a duty of care to their patients to take reasonable steps to prevent infections. When they don’t, our law firm takes action. Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC has extensive experience handling cases involving infections and other hospital injuries. If the hospital failed to protect you, we’re on your side.

Common types of hospital-acquired infections

In the medical field, infections acquired during inpatient care are called “nosocomial” infections. A patient is said to have a nosocomial infection when the infection occurs up to 48 hours after hospital admission, up to three days after discharge or up to 30 days after an operation. An infection is also said to be nosocomial if it occurs in a healthcare facility when the patient was admitted for reasons other than the infection and showed no signs on admission of an active or incubating infection.

Nearly any infection can occur in a hospital setting, but patients are particularly at risk of the following:

  • Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI): Urinary tract infections (UTI) are infections involving the urethra, bladder, ureters or kidneys. Catheter-associated UTIs are unfortunately common because nearly a quarter of hospital patients need a urine catheter at some point during their stay. A negligent medical provider might cause a UTI by using a catheter when it is not medically necessary or leaving the catheter in the patient for longer than necessary.
  • Surgical Site Infection (SSI): Infections that occur at surgical sites can be life-threatening. They may involve tissues under the skin, internal organs or surgically implanted material. Medical providers may contribute to these dangerous infections by failing to properly sterilize tools or not following protocol when they “scrub in” to an operating room.
  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI): Central lines are tubes placed in major veins in the neck, chest or groin for the purpose of giving medication or collecting blood for medical tests. When an infection enters the bloodstream through a central line, the patient’s life may be at risk. Negligent care providers may put patients at elevated risk of infection by failing to take proper hygiene precautions when the line is placed or leaving the line in place longer than needed.
  • Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP): Patients who need ventilators to help them breathe may be at risk of infection if germs can enter the lungs through the breathing tube. In order to prevent infection, hospital staff need to keep the head of the patient’s bed properly angled and they need to clean the equipment, the patient and their own hands consistently. They also need to carefully monitor the patient’s ability to breathe on his or her own in order to remove the ventilator as soon as possible.

Poor communication and coordination of care are often to blame for hospital-acquired infections, as leaving medical equipment in place for longer than necessary significantly increases the risk of such an infection. In addition, hospitals have a responsibility to make sure doctors, nurses and other staff are appropriately following hygiene protocols. When they do not, they put their patients at serious risk.

If you or a loved one has become sick with a hospital-acquired infection, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help. Contact us today for a free consultation. Call 212-736-0979.

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Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Lenox Hill Hospital

A 652-bed teaching hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital is located in the Lenox Hill neighborhood at 100 E. 77th Street. This 652-bed on the Upper East Side of Manhattan serves mostly patients from Manhattan, but other patients are admitted from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island and throughout the tri-state region. Anyone who suspects negligence after treatment should speak with an experienced attorney immediately.

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Bellevue Hospital Center

Bellevue Hospital Center at 462 1st Avenue has 828 beds and experiences 115,797 emergency room visits each year. Bellevue had a higher rate of infections compared to hospitals in other states, according to a New York State Department of Health Report in 2009. Anyone who is injured by the negligence of a doctor or nurse at this Manhattan hospital, the oldest in the United States, will need an experienced attorney with experience and resources needed to take aggressive action.

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New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital

Lower Manhattan Hospital at 170 William Street in New York is one of the main campuses of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. This hospital, with 170 beds, provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services. According to an article in the New York Post, New York-Presbyterian scored 18 percent below average for patient safety in a ranking of hospitals by Consumer Reports magazine. Patients who suspect medical malpractice should not hesitate to arrange a consultation with a New York City attorney who can investigate and hold the negligent medical care provider accountable.

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Mount Sinai Beth Israel

The main hospital known as the Petrie Division is located at First Avenue and 16th Street. But Mount Sinai Beth Israel has other campuses, including Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Union Square. Mount Sinai Beth Israel is a teaching hospital with 1,368 beds. If you suffered any form of negligence while being treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, take action immediately to protect your rights.

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at 1275 York Avenue in Manhattan provides cancer care to patients. The hospital is composed of two institutions: Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, which provides patient care, and the Sloan Kettering Institute, which is focused on research. Patients who suspect a failure to diagnose cancer or some other type of hospital negligence can contact a lawyer to discuss options.

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Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital at One Gustave L. Levy Place is a 1,048-bed facility founded in 1852. It is one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the country. Consumer Reports rated Mount Sinai 31 percent below average for patient safety. If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice at any Manhattan hospital, don’t wait to contact an attorney to find out if you have a case. You may be entitled to compensation.

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St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center at 1111 Amsterdam Avenue was ranked No. 14 out of the 30 worst hospitals for patient safety, as identified by Consumer Reports. The magazine examined four key measures of patient safety: hospital-acquired infections, readmissions and the quality of communication between staff and patients in regard to medications and discharge planning.

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New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center at 630 West 168th Street was described by a lawmaker as having “horrendous conditions.” Emergency room wait times last an average of 85 minutes, which rank among New York’s 10 worst. Any patient who was treated at the 995-bed hospital in Washington Heights and suspects negligence should not hesitate to speak with an attorney for a free consultation.

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Harlem Hospital Center

Harlem Hospital Center at 506 Malcolm X Blvd. received a 20 on a 1-to-100 scale gauging patient safety by Consumer Reports. The hospital received the second worst score in the nation, according to a New York Post report. Harlem Hospital told Consumer Reports it needs to improve in some areas, according to the Post. The hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital with 272 beds.