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Patients who were admitted to hospitals hoping to get well often ended up getting sicker after picking up infections (eg. Staphylococcus aureus, Acinetobacter and Pseudomonas) during their stay. According to a 2000 Chicago Tribune investigation, there were more than 100,000 deaths in the year that were linked to infections that the patient contracted in hospitals.

We all know that hospitals are a place for sick people and for germs. At great risk are those with suppressed immune systems, the elderly, infants and those requiring surgery.

While most bacteria are harmless, studies have shown that hospital rooms are crawling with new drug-resistant germs. Despite even the best housekeeping practices, harmful germs can still linger on items in a hospital room including on bedrails, bedside tables, sheets, sinks, cart handles, nurse call buttons, and more.

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Ft. Lauderdale – Medical malpractice occurs on a daily basis in Florida and throughout the United States when medical care and treatment fall below the accepted standards of care. It is particularly appalling when the mistakes involve negligence in carrying out some of the most basic procedures such as the administration of intravenous fluids.

Earlier this month, hospital officials at Broward General Medical Center announced that they were investigating a nurse’s actions that may have exposed more than 1,800 patients to blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. The nurse, who has since resigned and has been reported to the Florida Board of Nursing, admitted to re-using saline bags and tubing in administering IV fluids to patients who were undergoing chemical cardiac stress tests. Hospital officials identified more than 1,800 patients who were treated by the nurse between January 2004 and September 2009.

A similar case of medical negligence took place earlier this year when more than 10,000 patients were administered colonoscopies with equipment that was not properly sterilized at VA hospitals in Miami, Tennessee and Georgia.
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