How do Philadelphia Hospitals Compare to other Pennsylvania Hospitals?

There are many excellent, and well respected hospitals in Philadelphia that provide outstanding patient care.  However, in at least one important area – that of hospital acquired infections – Philadelphia hospitals do not score well compared to other Pennsylvania hospitals.

Last week the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a detailed report about the rate of hospital infections in the Commonwealth.  The report found that there were a disproportionate number of high infection rates in Philadelphia, even among some of the most acclaimed hospitals such as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Temple University Hospital.

Hospital infections are dangerous and lead to approximately 100,000 fatalities in the United States each year, according to the CDC.  Yet, most of these infections, and resulting fatalities, can be prevented.  The majority of preventable infections that were reported were surgical site infections, urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal infections, and bloodstream infections.

If you have been hurt, or if you’ve lost a loved one, due to a preventable hospital infection then you may be entitled to damages.  Contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer for more information.