Proving hospital acquired infection

Newham, Roger and Ormond-Walshe, Sarah E. (2003) Proving hospital acquired infection. Clinical Risk, 9 (2). pp. 61-64. ISSN 1356-2622

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Hospital-acquired infection (nosocomial infection) is a newsworthy media focus. This, coupled with the fact that clinical negligence cases are increasing in value and number 1 appears to indicate that negligence claims arising from hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) will also increase. However, prospective claimants have a difficult task in making a successful claim. In many cases, due to aetiological uncertainty of the HAI, it is monumentally difficult to identify a causative trail linking the negligent act to the claimant’s infection. Aside from the obvious causation problems, establishment of negligence may be assisted by the fact that a feature of HAI is also that the specialty is heavily guided by standards, some of which are flagged up below, although the fact that local interpretation plays a part in these standards could mean that the practices to control infection are no more consistent than other, less policy-led disciplines.

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