Clostridium Difficile or “C-Diff” is a bacterial infection prevalent in nursing homes. Typically, C-Diff results in diarrhea and intestinal problems, but can also result in more serious issues. Unfortunately, C-Diff bacteria is very contagious and can survive on surfaces for extended periods of time. If not properly managed, C-Diff can easily spread throughout a nursing home facility. Thus, it is imperative that nursing homes take the necessary precautions to stop or limit C-Diff outbreaks.
The most common symptoms of “C-Diff” are mild to severe diarrhea and intestinal problems. In particular, C-Diff can cause bowel perforation, toxic megacolon, dehydration, kidney failure and even death. Early symptoms include loss of appetite, fever, blood or pus in the stool, and weight loss.
Most C-Diff cases in a nursing home are the result of staff failing to follow proper infection control procedures. In fact, federal law requires that each nursing home facility have a program to prevent infections. These programs are designed to prevent infections like C-Diff by requiring employees to wash their hands, wipe down surfaces, and wipe down medical equipment. These measures may seem simple, but they provide the most effective means for combating C-Diff. Put simply, failing to comply with these procedures is negligent.
If your loved one has suffered injuries as the result of a C-Diff infection, we encourage you to contact our nursing home negligence and abuse law firm.
Nursing home abuse and negligence claims involve many complex legal and medical issues. Having the right attorney is essential to recovering what you deserve. Our Kansas and Missouri law firm will do everything possible to assist you in obtaining the maximum compensation you deserve. More importantly, our firm will serve as an ally that will give you and your family the respect and compassion it needs. Contact us to see what your case is worth.