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The Dangers of Nursing Home Infections
Nursing home staff are required to wash their hands when they start their shifts and before and after any direct contact with residents in order to keep the incidents of infections down. Unfortunately, due to a variety of issues including insufficient training, supplies and staffing this fundamental infection prevention protocol is often overlooked. As a result, nursing home residents develop otherwise preventable infections which compromise their health and, at times, can lead to death.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Infections:
- Fever, chills
- Rapid pulse
- Rapid breathing
- Nausea, vomiting
- Sudden illness
- Rapid decline in health
- Rashes, skin irritations
If you believe that your family member may have been subjected to an infection at a nursing home in Philadelphia / PA or NJ nursing home, you should contact nursing home abuse attorney Brian P. Murphy to learn about your loved one’s rights. Mr. Murphy has litigated nursing home infection cases against for years. He offers a free, one-on-one case consultation to help you determine if you have a nursing home abuse or neglect case.
Suspecting Nursing Home Infections
If your family member’s health or overall condition has changed in any significant way, an examination of your loved one, including testing, should be performed in order to rule out infection. A resident’s change in his or her condition due to infection can vary widely. With certain infections nursing home residents may be develop a fever and be lethargic while other infections can cause acute pain and other symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.
Regardless of the behavior you observe, if you witness troubling symptoms with your loved one, you should immediately bring it to the attention of the nursing home staff. Your family member can be examined for any possible infections. If an infection is found and you believe your loved one suffered the infection because of nursing home neglect, contact nursing home abuse attorney, Brian P. Murphy.
Infections Are Often a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect
Infections are often a result of nursing home neglect. Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes have a duty to make sure they have sufficient nurse staffing to provide adequate care. They also have the duty to make certain their nursing staff is properly trained to identify and treat infections. When infections occur it is often the case that the nursing home staff was not trained properly or they were too overwhelmed by the high number of residents for whom they are responsible. Under such circumstances, nursing homes neglect commonly occurs which can result in life-threatening infections.
Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes are mandated to abide by specific protocols in order to avoid infections to nursing home residents. If they fail to do so, they have committed nursing home neglect and are responsible for the injuries that occur.
Obtain the Guidance of an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Filing a lawsuit involving nursing home infections is a complex undertaking. It not only involves complex medical issues but also requires a full understanding of the nursing home industry and the laws that govern it. You would truly benefit from the knowledge and experience of Brian P. Murphy, Esq. Mr. Murphy has years of experience as a nursing home abuse attorney. He can guide you through the process of a lawsuit. Attorney Brian P. Murphy, Esq. has handled a litany of nursing home abuse and neglect cases involving infections. He litigates cases throughout Philadelphia / Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Contact him today for a one-on-one, free evaluation.
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