In addition to whatever ailment a South Carolina resident has entered a hospital for, they may also have to worry about catching a superbug. Approximately one in every 20 people who enter a hospital will catch a superbug over the course of their stay. This has caused a growing concern about the issue of medical malpractice and cleanliness, and many hospitals have started taking steps to prevent the spread of these types of infections, though there is no consensus that any are effective yet.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infections from superbugs are associated with over 100,000 deaths every year. Some of these viruses are even resistant to the antibiotics that are currently available. As far back as the late 1800's, hospitals noticed that unsanitary conditions led to worsening patient conditions. Today, hospitals are using robots that emit UV light or hydrogen peroxide vapors, as well as germ-resistant bed rails and call buttons in an attempt to reduce or eliminate the rate of infection.
One of the biggest sources of concern for hospitals right now is Clostridium difficile, also known as C-diff. This infection is resistant to alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and it can stay for days after a patient has left. What makes containing these bugs even more difficult is that sanitation needs to go beyond the operating room floor. Everything from TV remotes to bed rails need to be kept clean.
The last thing someone going into a hospital should have to worry about is ending up with another medical condition. If someone has been harmed by a doctor or medical professional, they may want to speak with an attorney to find out what their legal options are.
Source: USA Today, "Hospitals see surge of superbug-fighting products", April 29, 2013