Understand The Cause Of Infections In Nursing Home Patients And Your Rights
As we get older, our immune systems can become less robust. After a medical procedure, we may be more vulnerable to an infection. Sometimes, these things just happen. However, some infections are preventable. When a trained staff did something to cause a serious or fatal infection, or did not do what they should have to prevent an infection, you may have reason to pursue compensation.
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What Causes An Infection?
There are many kinds of infections. An infection can be viral or bacterial. For example, coronavirus is a viral infection, whereas e-coli is a bacterial infection.
- It is the job of the nursing home staff to keep all residents and their bedding and clothing clean. If your parent is not getting bathed, an infection can result from fecal matter getting into an open sore or bedsore.
- If your parent fell and suffered an injury – such as a gash on the forehead – the staff must take measures to keep the wound clean and bandaged. If this is not done, your parent may be susceptible to a staph infection.
- If there is a communicable disease in the nursing home, the staff must take measures to protect the health and well-being of the residents. Strep can be transmitted from a resident to a resident if care is not taken.
Whenever your loved one suffers a serious injury, long-term debilitating illness or death, speak to an attorney about what steps to take.
Common But Preventable Nursing Home Infections
The nursing home staff members have a responsibility to protect residents. When they do not provide a sanitary environment and do not take reasonable and necessary steps to control an outbreak and ensure the health of the community, infections happen. In a care facility, those in charge may be held accountable for medical malpractice.
Here are some common viral and bacterial infections that happen in nursing homes:
- Urinary tract infection
- Prosthetic joint infection
- Bedsore infection
- Strep A
- E–coli and sepsis
If your parent or loved one lives in a nursing home or care facility and suffers or dies from a serious infection, it may be due to negligence on the part of the staff. Speak with a personal injury attorney who handles nursing home abuse and neglect about what to do next.
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Our skilled team of nursing home personal injury attorneys understands that sometimes unfortunate things happen. They also understand when suffering and death could have been prevented. We have an impressive record of making nursing homes pay for their negligence and abuse. We have recovered more than $1 billion for the families of nursing home and care facility residents.