from Treglia et al. 2022
published in Healthcare 10(7):1336
DOI 10.3390/healthcare10071336

Medico-legal aspects of hospital-acquired infections: 5-years of judgements of the civil court of rome

Healthcare-associated infections also generate through compensation payments in cases of professional liability

In this study cases on the professional liability of healthcare workers and institutions in relation to hospital-acquired infections was investigated. All cases (140) occured between January 2016 and December 2020 at the Civil Court of Rome (representing about 20% of cases in Italy). Overall compensations amounting to 21,243,184.43 € were paid (not including payments made before judicidal preceedings). Orthopedics, heart surgery, and general surgery were the branches most fequently involved. The most common pathogens were S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, and K. pneumoniae. In 62.8% of cases (88/140) convictions were recognized.