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Pseudomonas From Or

Postby Edwaldo » Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:40 am

Hi - I had surgery almost 6 weeks ago on my foot.  The pain got much worse, went to my doctor who drained the foot and cultured it.  Turns out I have pseudomonas which he said is an infection that I got from the OR.  He said that they will be reported.  I was suppose to be out of commission for 3 weeks.  It is almost 6 and I am still not walking nor close to walking.  Is this something that I should be hiring an attorney for?  Who do I contact to find out exactly where and how I got this infection?

Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated.  My Doctor is not saying much and I do not know where to go from here but am very upset.

Thank you!

ANSWER: If all you suffer is a few extra weeks of lost work, consider yourself fortunate.  Pseudomonas and staph infections are all too common in the hospital/surgical setting. Hospitals have always claimed that they do the best they can to prevent infections from spreading to patients and that if someone got infected, well, that was just the unavoidable risk of going to the hospital. Therefore, the only malpractice case that would work is one where you actually had evidence of sloppy sterilization of instruments or other specific and preventable cause. I never bought this explanation and new research indicates that more thorough disinfecting practices can greatly reduce the incidence of the infections.  Therefore, I think it is only a matter of time until someone does sue a hospital for not taking adequate precautions.  If you are treated successfully, it will not be a big enough case to interest a lawyer in suing over. In a case where such an infection gets out of hand with huge damages(death, amputation, etc.), that would be a case worth pursuing, maybe. They are findinig that 30% of people coming into the hospital already have staph on their skin. When they have surgery, the staph gets inside. Therefore, many hospitals now test all incoming patients. I certainly hope your case does not get out of hand. If it does, contact the biggest med mal lawfirm you can find and run it by them. Good luck

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Thank you so much for your response.  One more question - if my doctor(who performed my surgery) has told me the infection was from the instruments used during surgery does that change the above in any way?
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Pseudomonas From Or

Postby Huarwar » Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:49 pm

Hi - I had surgery almost 6 weeks ago on my foot.  The pain got much worse, went to my doctor who drained the foot and cultured it.  Turns out I have pseudomonas which he said is an infection that I got from the OR.  He said that they will be reported.  I was suppose to be out of commission for 3 weeks.  It is almost 6 and I am still not walking nor close to walking.  Is this something that I should be hiring an attorney for?  Who do I contact to find out exactly where and how I got this infection?

Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated.  My Doctor is not saying much and I do not know where to go from here but am very upset.

Thank you!

ANSWER: If all you suffer is a few extra weeks of lost work, consider yourself fortunate.  Pseudomonas and staph infections are all too common in the hospital/surgical setting. Hospitals have always claimed that they do the best they can to prevent infections from spreading to patients and that if someone got infected, well, that was just the unavoidable risk of going to the hospital. Therefore, the only malpractice case that would work is one where you actually had evidence of sloppy sterilization of instruments or other specific and preventable cause. I never bought this explanation and new research indicates that more thorough disinfecting practices can greatly reduce the incidence of the infections.  Therefore, I think it is only a matter of time until someone does sue a hospital for not taking adequate precautions.  If you are treated successfully, it will not be a big enough case to interest a lawyer in suing over. In a case where such an infection gets out of hand with huge damages(death, amputation, etc.), that would be a case worth pursuing, maybe. They are findinig that 30% of people coming into the hospital already have staph on their skin. When they have surgery, the staph gets inside. Therefore, many hospitals now test all incoming patients. I certainly hope your case does not get out of hand. If it does, contact the biggest med mal lawfirm you can find and run it by them. Good luck

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

Thank you so much for your response.  One more question - if my doctor(who performed my surgery) has told me the infection was from the instruments used during surgery does that change the above in any way?
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Pseudomonas From Or

Postby Kelley » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:11 pm

If you had good evidence that the infection came from the instruments, that might be a good case. But even if the doctor said as much, I bet $5 he would deny it(that he said that to you) if you pressed the matter. There is no excuse, legal or medical, to have living bacteria on a surgical instrument.  If you want to pursue this further, get your medical records from the hospital and the surgeon. See if there is any smoking gun in there about contaminated instruments. Doubt there would be but that would be the next step. Oh, another step you might take, if you are motivated. Contact the State Medical Board and file a complaint about insufficiently sterilized surgical instruments.  This may get a State agency to do the investigation. Maybe they will find some poor practices at this hospital. This way you might get the evidence you would need. Prepare for it to take a long time however and in the meantime, research the Statute of Limitations in your State for med mal cases.
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