When you get very sick, there is a chance that you will find yourself in the hospital. This is a place where you expect to get back on the road to health; however, a hospital is a hotbed of germs that can lead to you getting sicker than you were in the first place.

There is one main thing that hospital employees can do to help prevent the spread of infections that can plague patients — wash their hands. Any employee in a hospital who ventures into a patient’s room should wash his or her hands upon entering the room. This is true for nurses, doctors, cleaning crews and anyone else who goes into the room. They should also wash their hands after leaving the patient’s room if they aren’t going into another patient’s room.

In some cases, these workers might use sanitizers, which are considered a suitable alternative for many cases. If any patient or visitor notices that employees aren’t washing or sanitizing their hands properly, he or she should speak up.

For the patients who end up with an infection due to conditions at the hospital, a long road to recovery might be ahead. Some of these infections are life-threatening and difficult to treat.

If you or a loved one suffered from a hospital acquired infection, finding the cause of that infection is crucial. Once you do that, you can move forward with a claim for compensation that is meant to help you pay for the additional medical care you might need. It can also help to pay for the money you were unable to earn while you were seeking care.

Source: CDC Foundation, “Hand Washing: A Simple Step to Prevent Hospital Infections,” accessed Nov. 23, 2016