For readers of our blog, hearing stories about medical mistakes is normal. But for others here in Washington, this might not be the case. For them, hearing stories about medical mistakes may be a rare occurrence. But no matter how frequently you hear about these instances of medical malpractice, most people are appalled to hear that just such accidents occur in the first place. And oftentimes, we hope that the victims are able to seek justice in the end.
Did you know that one in 25 patients run the risk of experiencing a hospital-related infection in a United States hospital? According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2011 alone there were an estimated 648,000 patients who suffered at least one infection that they acquired from their hospital stay. This may be quite alarming for many of Kennewick readers who may be wondering what causes a number of these infections and how they can be prevented in the future.