Surgical rooms have specialized airflow systems that prevent contaminated air from outside from entering the operating room. However, every time people open the doors to the operating room to enter or exit, contaminated air from outside is introduced into the operating room. This places the patient undergoing surgery at an increased risk of an infection.
According to a new study, too much traffic to and from an operating room is a great patient risk, because it places patients at risk of possibly serious infections. As part of the study, researchers monitored the number of exits and entries involving door openings at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. They also recorded the length of these openings, and found that in about one- third of the surgeries, there were enough number of door openings to actually render the airflow system quite useless.
The researchers believe that this is a problem that likely exists in other hospitals across the country as well. The number of times the door to the operating room opens, and the longer it is left open, the greater the risk that contaminated air will place the patient at risk of infection.
When patients are admitted into a hospital for treatment of a procedure, they do not expect to suffer an infection that was actually caused by conditions in the hospital. Hospital-acquired infections can include serious blood stream infections like sepsis, pneumonia and urinary tract infections. Some of these infections can even be deadly.
If you have suffered a hospital –acquired infection when you were in a hospital for treatment, discuss whether you have a claim for damages by discussing your case with a medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago. If you can establish liability, you may be able to recover damages that include medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Talk to a medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago today.