NEW JERSEY HOSPITALS IMPROVE PATIENT INFECTIONS, ADDRESSING PATIENT SAFETY AND MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CONCERNS

By Thamanna Hussain

Our firm litigates medical malpractice cases in New York and New Jersey, including post-surgical infections, and we are happy to report some good news for hospital patients in New Jersey. Although many hospitals fail to diagnose and reduce infections, some hospitals have recently shown that they can prevent problems from occurring if they focus on them and apply new techniques. New Jersey hospitals have seen improvements in reducing infections by taking steps such as having patients use a special soap for three days before a surgery and screening patients for the presence of dangerous bacteria before an operation.

According to a recent state annual report, New Jersey hospitals have made rapid progress in reducing infections that often originate in healthcare facilities. Several patients in New Jersey hospitals had more foreign objects left in them after a medical procedure in 2011 than in 2010, but fewer babies suffered shock or injury during birth, according to the performance report. Federal regulations have been proposed that would cut Medicare payments for providers if hospital-related infections do not continue to decrease. This means that hospitals will be under increased pressure to continue to provide proper treatment and reduce infections in the future.

At Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we represent clients throughout New York City and New Jersey who have suffered infections due to surgical errors. We are happy to see that New Jersey hospitals are working harder to prevent misdiagnosis of infections. If you or a loved one needs medical malpractice legal help, please contact our firm.

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