Besides brain trauma, broken bones and amputations can be some of the worst injuries sustained following an accident. Amputations can also occur after being treated by a negligent doctor.
In addition to extreme injury to tissue and bone, bacterial infections can also lead to amputations. Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, known as superbugs, have resulted in an increased need for amputations.
Amputation and the Rise of Superbugs
According to WebMD, poor circulation is the most common cause of amputations.
Restricted blood flow can happen when arteries become narrow or clogged. This constrained blood flow prevents parts of the body from receiving needed nutrients and oxygen. Tissue can then turn “necrotic,” meaning its cells begin to slowly die.
Severe personal injury can also necessitate amputation. In cases where bone and tissue have been so severely damaged that doctors determine the chances of a full recovery are slim, amputation may be the best option.
The presence of multiple large cancerous tumors in a limb might also require amputation to save a person’s life. Just like infections, cancers can spread rapidly, and removing a limb eliminates the chance of further proliferation of tumors.
Another cause for amputation is frostbite. Down to the cellular level, the majority of our bodies are made of water. When frozen for long periods of time, cells cease functioning properly.
While all of these may lead to amputation, bacteria continues to play an important role in the recent increase in amputations and continue to have an effect as the proliferation of superbugs increase. Before the advent of antibiotics, amputations were the only way to cure a bacterial infection. With no cure available, anyone who suffered an infection had to have the infected limb amputated or risk losing their life.
Today, this can still occur when “superbugs,” or antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria make their way into a person’s system.
The Rise of Superbugs
Bacteria that are immune or resistant to antibiotics are referred to as superbugs.
Superbugs have become a significant threat. The White House, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all consider the problem to be one of primary importance.
One of the most well-known superbugs is called MRSA, a bacteria that causes life-threatening skin infections. It first appeared in hospitals and nursing homes and has since spread to gym facilities, nail salons, and other public places.
Many people are able to survive these infections with treatment, but those with pre-existing medical conditions or compromised immune systems can be at serious risk.
Medical professionals believe that decreasing antibiotic use as much as possible is the best way to stem the rise of superbugs.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Minnesota
Sometimes, infections occur as a result of a doctor’s negligence.
In such cases, a medical malpractice suit may be appropriate.
Medical malpractice and broken bones or amputations in Minnesota are something we specialize in. Contact our office today for a free estimate.