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Central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospitals

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

Central line-associated bloodstream infections can result from hospital negligence. If this occurs, the facility may be liable for medical malpractice.

Knowing the related laws in Florida can help you protect your legal rights in such cases.

Central line-associated bloodstream infections

When healthcare workers insert central venous catheters into a patient’s veins for an extended period, they can become infected. Hospitals can avoid these infections through proper preventative steps.

Bloodstream infections are serious and can lead to severe complications. Some potential issues include septic shock, organ damage or abnormal blood clotting.

Regulatory compliance

Hospitals must follow state health regulations, stay updated on current guidelines and implement robust prevention and control protocols.

They must focus on preventive measures, including:

  • Proper insertion and maintenance of lines
  • Hand hygiene compliance
  • Sterile technique adherence
  • Regular monitoring

Comprehensive control strategies can reduce the incidence of infections.


State laws require hospitals to maintain detailed reports of infection prevention efforts. Records can include surveillance data, adherence to protocols and outcomes of preventive measures. Staff must also report hospital-acquired infections promptly.

Legal liability

Florida laws require hospitals to maintain a healthy and safe environment for patients. They need to take reasonable measures to prevent infections. Failure to implement proper control measures may result in malpractice claims.

Facilities may be liable if people get central line infections during their stay. Legal consequences of negligence can include penalties, fines or license revocation.

Legal remedies for patients

Individuals have the right to seek compensation for damages caused by preventable infections acquired during hospitalization. They may recover losses such as medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages.

To prove medical malpractice, the patient must demonstrate that the facility was negligent. Showing that the infection was preventable backs the patient’s legal claim.

Understanding Florida’s legal options can help patients get the compensation they deserve in these cases.

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