Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are more susceptible to infections and sepsis for many reasons. These older individuals already generally have less robust immune systems due to advanced age, many different negative health conditions, loss of appetite, and dependence on multiple medications. Furthermore, they live in close quarters in a group setting where infections, such as the flu, can easily spread. Many are also subject to feeding tubes, IVs, catheters, and medication ports on their bodies that can become infected without proper hygiene and care from staff.
Unfortunately, infections are common in nursing homes and elder care facilities. When not properly treated, these infections can lead to sepsis, a life-threatening condition. These facilities owe you and your loved one a duty of care. When negligence or abuse occurs, that duty is breached, and they can be found liable.
At Sawyer Law Firm, we have a long history of holding these facilities accountable through claims and lawsuits when they have victimized residents through neglect or abuse. Has your loved one suffered an infection or sepsis in a nursing home setting? Talk to our experienced attorney in Montgomery in a free consultation to determine the merits of your case and options. Contact us online or at (334) 539-0604.
Common Nursing Home Infections
Because of their weaker immune systems, the elderly have a much more difficult time fighting off infections. They may suffer much worse symptoms than younger people and take much longer to recover while requiring competent medical care. Common infections of the elderly can include but are not limited to:
Urinary tract infections
Strep throat infections
Infections in nursing homes can be caused by neglect or poor care at the hands of staff. This negligence can include improper hygiene provided to residents, lack of hand washing by staff, poor cleaning or sanitation of the facility, improper food preparation, improper insertion or maintenance of medical devices from feeding tubes to IVs, and more. These facilities can fail to immediately respond to resident infections through proper medical care. They may also fail to isolate infected individuals from others, causing the unnecessary spread of the infection.
Sepsis in Nursing Home Patients
When an infection is not treated properly and swiftly, it can lead to sepsis, which is potentially life-threatening. Sepsis is caused by your body’s extreme reaction to infection through a chemical chain reaction triggered to fight back. Those most at risk for sepsis are the elderly, those with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, lung conditions, and more and anyone with a weakened immune system. Sepsis can lead to organ failure, tissue damage, and death. It often results in extremely low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, chills and fever, clammy skin, and severe discomfort. Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.