Infections are common in nursing homes. The residents tend to have weaker immune systems; meanwhile, infections thrive in crowded, closed-in spaces. Certain types of infections are especially common in nursing homes and other congregate settings (like hospitals).
Common infections in nursing home patients include:
- This is potentially fatal for nursing home residents.
- Urinary tract infection. This can cause serious physical, emotional, and cognitive problems in residents.
- Infected wounds. These may result from improper hygiene or wound care. In the most serious cases, infections can lead to sepsis and death.
- Drug-resistant infections like MRSA, diff, or E. coli. A 2017 study found that 25% of nursing homes were colonized with drug-resistant bacteria.
Even minor infections can quickly become life-threatening if not recognized and treated properly. If they are not treated, infections can spread to major organs and eventually cause septic shock.
In the past, some nursing homes have been found liable in cases where residents suffered worsened infections or death due to staff negligence. A competent attorney can help you decide if you have a viable infection lawsuit against a nursing home.
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