Goldblatt Singer - Experienced VRE Infection Lawyers
When you visit a hospital, you’re putting your health in its hands, and the hospital has an obligation to protect you from hospital-borne infections, such as Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE), a type of bacterial infection that can cause dangerous infections in the bloodstream, urinary tract, catheter insertion sites or wounds.
In the past, this type of bacteria was susceptible to Vancomycin, a type of antibiotic, but in recent years a more aggressive strain of the bacteria has developed a resistance. This type of infection is particularly dangerous to patients who have a decreased ability to fight infection or have been in the hospital for an extended period of time. Exposure to VRE can cause serious illnesses or even death.
The symptoms of a VRE infection can vary depending on where the infection occurs, which can make a VRE infection hard to diagnose.
- For urinary tract infections, patients may experience back pain or a burning sensation when they urinate.
- In bloodstream infections, patients may experience a rapid heart rate and fever.
- Wounds and the surrounding areas will be red and sensitive to the touch.
While these symptoms can be helpful indicators of an infection, the only way to know for sure is through a lab test. Accordingly, a lab test is recommended.
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