Preventing the Spread of Hospital-Acquired Infections in Ohio January 22, 2012.

To mitigate the spread of hospital-acquired infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), implement the following precautionary protocols into your daily routine if you’re in the hospital, have recently been released from the hospital or are visiting people at the hospital. Speak with a Cleveland, Ohio lawyer if you’ve been the victim of a hospital infection.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often – scrub your hands for at least 15 seconds and use a disposable towel to touch the faucet;
  • Keep wounds covered – any wounds should be kept clean and covered with sterile, dry bandages;
  • Don’t share your personal items – MRSA spreads through direct contact and via contaminated objects, so razors, towels, sheets or clothing should not be shared; and
  • Sanitize your linens – wash towels and linens on the hottest water setting available if you have a cut or a sore, and wash all of your athletic clothes after each use.

Hospital infection rates have dropped during recent years, but these infections still claim the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year and countless more across the globe. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a hospital infection, contact a medical malpractice attorney who can help you build your case against the person or parties responsible.