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A hospital stay can make you sicker

Nobody wants to spend any time in a hospital, but this often comes into play if you require treatment for any type of medical condition.

In short, you hope that your stay will allow you to recover from your injury or illness. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for a hospital stay to cause new health problems, which means you now have something else to deal with.

Known by many as post-hospital syndrome, this is when a person contracts an illness during a hospital stay, thus leading to re-hospitalization in the near future.

There are times when this is related to the initial medical concern, but this isn't always the case. For instance, there are other situations in which a patient ends up in the hospital because of an infection acquired the first time around.

According to a 2009 research study of Medicare patients, approximately 20 percent of patients discharged from a hospital develop an acute medical condition within the following 30 days. Additionally, many of these new problems have little or no relation to the original concern.

As a patient, there is only so much you can do to avoid a follow-up issue. For example, you can stay in touch with your medical team to ensure that all your needs are met. Along with this, if you notice a problem with your care, don't hesitate to voice your concern.

In the event of a serious issue, such as an infection caused by staff negligence, you may want to learn more about your legal rights. It's possible that you could be in position to receive compensation for your illness.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Does Going to the Hospital Make You Sicker?," Stacey Colino, accessed Nov. 17, 2016

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