Hospital Infections Increase Risk of Death 6 Times Higher for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Medline Plus reports that hospital infections increase the risk of death 6 times higher for patients who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).   A new study shows that patients who are hospitalized for treatment of IBD and acquire a type of hospital infection, Clostridium difficile bacteria, could be at serious risk of death. This comes after analyzing data on these types of patients hospitalized between the years 2002 and 2008.  At 30 days, the death rate was 25% for those who developed the hospital infection and just 3% for those who did not.  IBD includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, both of which can lead to a patient requiring treatment in a hospital. Hospitals also carry the risk of infection, which may be increased with negligence. This study also indicates a need for patients with IBD to be screened for the infection so as to recognize and treat as soon as possible.  Additionally, the study found patients with IBD who developed the hospital infection were 2 times as likely to need gastrointestinal surgery.   If you have acquired a hospital infection or been injured in any other way that you believe was the result of medical malpractice, you should immediately speak with a New York medical malpractice attorney.

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