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Hospital covers up MRSA outbreak, leaving 2 dead, 6 sick

When you enter a hospital, it is assumed that you or your loved one will receive the necessary and proper treatment. Since hospital continually deal with patients who are sick, often with contagious diseases, it is important that the hospital or medical facility take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of diseases. Unfortunately, this is not always the case however.

According to a recent report by Reuters, it is estimated that as many as tens of thousands of deaths occur every year in the United States related to infection and go uncounted or unreported. At times, it is a result of poor federal or state tracking software, and in other cases, as we will discuss below, it is intentionally done in an effort to cover up the true cause of death for the victim.

A recent outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in a Camden, New Jersey, hospital's neonatal ward led to at least two infant fatalities, and 6 other infants sick. According to a former nurse who was subsequently fired allegedly for reporting a deficiency in handling staph infections at the infant intensive care unit clams that the hospital was negligent in following state guidelines with regards to preventing the MRSA outbreak, which occurred last July.

The nurse claims that the hospital's staff failed to make efforts to prevent cross-contamination, that they were not cleaning supplies properly, and that a suggestion to notify nearby hospitals and for the hospital to stop accepting babies were ignored.

If the claims are proven true, it is clearly neglect on behalf of both the hospital and its staff, which could be grounds for a medical malpractice suit. If you believe that you or someone you love has gotten ill due to negligence at a hospital or medical facility, you may be entitled to compensation. It may be wise to speak with a law professional to determine the next steps to take to file a claim.

Source: FindLaw, "Nurse's Lawsuit Claims Hospital Tried to Cover up Deadly MRSA Outbreak," By Christopher Coble, Jan. 17, 2017

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