Risk of Infections in Nursing Homes and Medical Facilities

Infections are another serious and potentially fatal risk for older people in nursing homes and health care facilities. Staff members have a responsibility to try to prevent the spread of infections and to make sure that medical attention is received for any symptoms of illness. Some common infections in nursing homes include:

  • C. Diff. Clostridium difficile is a gastrointestinal condition that can be spread from person to person by spores. Proper hygiene and infection control procedures should be followed to prevent this dangerous infection from spreading to other residents.
  • MRSA and other staph infections. MRSA and other staph infections can occur when bacteria enter wounds, IVs, or catheters. These infections can be fatal.
  • Urinary tract infections. These infections are common among the elderly and more common among people using catheters. Proper procedures should be followed to minimize the risks of infection and to identify infections early so that treatment can begin promptly.
  • Cellulitis. Cellulitis is a bacterial skin condition that can spread rapidly and that can be fatal.
  • Sepsis. Sepsis is a serious infection that can be spread when bacteria enter a wound, an IV, or a catheter. It needs to be treated quickly to prevent fatalities.
  • E.Coli. E. Coli infections may come from food or drink that is served at a facility and can result in dangerous gastrointestinal infections.
  • Scabies. Scabies are caused by mite bites. Proper hygiene can prevent mites and, therefore, prevent scabies from spreading.
  • Influenza. Influenza can be fatal in older individuals. Proper hygiene and infection control techniques can prevent the flu from spreading in the close quarters of a health care facility.
  • PneumoniaLike the flu, pneumonia can be fatal in older people and may be prevented with proper hygiene and compliance with infection control protocols.

Nursing homes should prevent infections when possible through good hygiene and infection control procedures. When an infection does occur, a proper diagnosis and treatment plan should be made as quickly as possible to prevent complications and fatalities.

What Your Loved One, or Her Survivors, May Recover

Elder abuse or neglect should never happen. If your loved one suffered a bedsore or infection while in a nursing home or another medical facility, then it is important for a full investigation to be done to determine if it was the result of abuse or neglect. If your loved one’s bedsore or infection would not have happened but for the abuse or neglect she suffered, then she may be able to recover damages for all of her medical expenses, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other costs.

If your loved one died as a result of a bedsore or infection, then you may have the right to bring a wrongful death claim. In addition to the damages that you could recover in a personal injury lawsuit, you may also be able to recover for funeral and burial expenses, and your personal loss of love, guidance, and emotional support.

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