Clostridium difficile colitis is commonly known as C. diff. The germ attacks people who have low levels of “good bacteria” in the gut due to recent antibiotic use. C. Diff infections cause at least 250,000 hospitalizations and death per year. What’s shocking is that most deaths occur from germs picked up in the healthcare setting, often spread by healthcare workers who spread the germ from one patient to the other.
There are 4 medical mistakes that lead to C. diff lawsuits:
Misdiagnosis-failure to test patients for c. diff when they develop diarrhea following antibiotic treatment.
Treating the symptom, not the cause-this occurs when diarrhea is treated with medications such as Imodium or Lomotil that slows peristaltic activity, which can distend the colon.
Not testing in a timely manner-delays in testing can allow for serious complications to develop.
Failure to treat C. diff aggressively-once diagnosed, aggressive treatment is required to avoid severe damage.
With the number of c. diff lawsuits on the rise, many health care facilities are now making an effort to protect patients from this serious infection. If you or a loved one have suffered injury/death caused by c. diff, call the Law Office of Laurie D. Mitchell, PA 352-371-9828