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Doctors' white coats could spread hospital-acquired infections

When patients in Maryland enter a doctor's office or are admitted to the hospital, they rely on medical professionals to diagnose and treat them. Patients do not often consider the fact that the hospital or facility could pose great health risks. Doctors, nurses and medical technicians do not only owe a patient the duty to provide a high standard of care, but also are required to ensure the cleanliness and safety of the medical facility. Failure to do so could cause an infection, worsened medical conditions or even additional medical problems.

A recent report discussed the possibility of some hospital-acquired infections being related to the white coats worn by doctors. Although these coats are considered powerful and traditional symbols of the medical profession, they also are identified as a significant source for spreading bacteria and viruses that could lead to serious medical complications. This discovery has led a medical textile company to develop hospital apparel that repels body fluids and contaminants, which would help reduce the spread of hospital-acquired infections.

When a hospital or medical facility is not properly cleaned and the spreading of infection is not contained or prevented, a medical malpractice suit could ensue. The affected patient could cite hospital negligence or medical negligence. The failure to uphold a certain standard of care can result in the patient suffering additional medical problems. This often leads to further necessary medical care or even surgery.

A medical malpractice suit could result in a monetary award. Current and future medical bills may add up to a large sum of money and the awarded compensation can be used to alleviate this financial burden. Associated expenses could be covered, such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering.

When a patient believes that he or she has suffered from medical negligence, proper investigation should be conducted. This can help reveal the cause of the medical issue and also may establish fault. Moreover, this step could help the patient and their loved ones establish a cause of action and file a claim for compensation.

Source: MedCity, "Can Vestagen's medical textile technology save doctors' white coats and reduce HAI transmission?" Stephanie Baum, May 12, 2014

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