Baltimore Hospital Negligence Lawyers: Hospital Infections – Dealing with Complications

Our firm handles many medical malpractice cases for clients who acquired healthcare-associated infections (HAI) through a contaminated medical setting.  According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HAI is a common complication after hospital admission in the United States and one of the top ten leading causes of death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes one of every 20 people hospitalized will contract a potentially deadly HAI.  Death from complications after a hospital stay is often caused by exposure to deadly bacteria in hospital environments.

In an attempt to diminish the rate of HAI at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, researchers use robotic vaporizers to disperse a potent, disinfecting hydrogen peroxide vapor in empty, sealed patient rooms.  A second robot then releases a neutralizing catalyst causing the peroxide to break down into harmless water vapor.

The enhanced sanitizing treatment takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and was found to reduce spread of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) by as much as 80 percent.  Rooms treated by the two 60 pound robotic devices also lessened the spread of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C.diff).   The ultra-fine spray does not damage monitors or sensitive electronic computer equipment.

These robots may become a front-line combatant in the fight against adaptive, resilient superbugs. The good news is they are just one of several technologies in development. However, if a hospital fails to avail itself of these and other precautions against infection and you fall victim to a HAI, talk to a Baltimore hospital negligence lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. right away.