As people age, they have difficulty completing tasks that were once easy. For example, many nursing home residents have trouble chewing and swallowing. This is often due to a medical condition called dysphagia that results in trouble swallowing because the esophageal muscles no longer work properly. Nursing home staff can prevent choking incidents by exercising extra care and precaution. However, neglect does occur and choking incidents happen. While this neglect is inexcusable, a swift response can usually save a nursing home resident that is choking. Unfortunately, this response often never comes and tragic consequences result.
Preventing nursing home residents from choking should not be a difficult task for staff. In most cases, it involves identifying residents with difficulty swallowing food and making the necessary changes to their routine at meals. This may include serving food in a manner that is easier to swallow or using a feeding tube. But most often, preventing chocking only requires spending extra time supervising residents while they eat.
When a nursing home resident does suffer from choking bout nursing home staff must take swift and immediate action. Most of the time permanent damage can be prevented with the proper procedure including calling 911, performing the Heimlich maneuver, and taking other necessary actions to open the airway.
The importance of opening the airway cannot be over emphasized, because time is critically important when nursing home resident is choking. Each second the airway is blocked the brain is deprived of oxygen. Oxygen deprivation results in brain damage and sometimes death.
If your loved one has suffered injuries as the result of choking, we encourage you to contact our nursing home negligence and abuse law firm.
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