MRSA and Superbugs
Have you ever contracted a superbug while an NHS patient? Claims National is a medical negligence specialist who can provide you with free help and advice in relation to making a claim for compensation.
Unfortunately, NHS patients are at a higher than normal risk of catching superbugs such as MRSA. This and other superbugs breed in hospitals due to poor hygiene practices. Patients are particularly vulnerable after surgery when they have an open wound or direct IV access.
MRSA can lead to amputation, prevent healing and sometimes even death. As can other superbugs such as Clostridium difficile, Pseudomonas and GRE. Medical Negligence in this case can include:
- Failures and delays in removing catheters and cannulae.
- Failures and delays in diagnosing infections
- Microbiological testing errors
- Timing and appropriateness of antibiotic prescriptions for infections such as MRSA and C-difficile
- Substandard surgical treatment involving infected replacement joints
- It is important to know that anyone can carry MRSA on their skin and clothes, can it simply transfers by touch.
MRSA, short for meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is categorized as a superbug due to its resistance to many different antibiotics, which makes it hard to treat successfully.
The most common symptoms of MRSA include:
- High temperature of at least 38 degrees centigrade
- Generally feeling unwell
- Aches and pains
- Pain and swelling in the affected part of the body
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If treated unsuccessfully, MRSA can result in the development of extremely severe conditions which could be life threatening. These include:
- Urinary tract infections
- Septic bursitis (inflammation of the sacs over joints called bursa)
- Septic arthritis (inflammation of joints)
- Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- Endocarditis (infection of the lining of the heart)
- Septicaemia (blood infection)
The treatment you receive will depend on the strain of MRSA you have obtained, where the infection is and how severe your symptoms are. The treatment will most likely contain antibiotics, either oral or by injection, which the bacteria will not be resistant to. If you require hospital attention, it is likely that you will be moved into an isolation room and barrier nursed, meaning that gloves and aprons will be used by staff when caring for you.
MRSA compensation covers any damage, discomfort and pain, and the amount you receive will depend on the severity of your symptoms, and the period of time for which your symptoms will last or have lasted. Additional to this, you may also be able to claim compensation for past and future loss of earnings, overtime, bonus pay, gracious care from friends and family, and any costs of specialist treatment.