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Proper hand washing in hospitals is crucial

The last thing that you want when you go into a hospital, especially if you are only heading there to have a baby, is to leave sick. If the employees of the hospital don't follow proper hand washing procedures, there is a chance that you will come into contact with germs that can cause you to become sick.

People who come into contact with patients, even if they are only cleaning a hospital room, should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they come into the room. This can help to prevent the spread of any germs that were present on their hands.

Taking a look back in history shows just how important washing your hands is. Back before there were instructions that let health care workers know they needed to wash their hands, the rate of infections and even patient deaths from those infections was very high. That rate was cut tremendously when health care workers started washing their hands.

If you are in the hospital and notice that someone who is coming into your room hasn't washed one's hands, it is acceptable for you to remind him or her to do so. If you end up catching an illness while you are hospitalized, there is a chance that you might be able to seek compensation.

Seeking compensation for an illness that was acquired in the hospital can be a challenge. You will have to consider all of the evidence in the case and determine how you can use it to show what you claim happened. You should get your case going quickly because you are bound by time limits in Pennsylvania.

Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings," accessed Nov. 04, 2016

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