Nursing homes are supposed to keep residents healthy. However, infections run rampant in many nursing home facilities. This is a reality despite the fact that the law requires nursing homes to implement an Infection Control Program. These infections threaten the health of each resident and risk serious complications. Unfortunately, nursing homes fail to quickly and properly treat even naturally occurring infections in residents.
The law requires every nursing home to produce and implement an Infection Control Program to protect residents. Infections can quickly and easily spread in a nursing home because residents live in close proximity to each other. Typical infection control policies include washing hands, wiping down surfaces, and cleaning dirty equipment. At a minimum, these policies help to eliminate bacteria.
If, and when, a resident contracts an infection it is essential that a nursing home react swiftly and effectively. The best thing nursing home staff can do is to identify an infection early and treat it as soon as possible. Once the infection is cured, nursing home staff should ensure it does not return or spread, and continually follow up with the resident after treatment. These simple steps can prevent most infections in nursing homes and mitigate the damage from ones that do arise. Unfortunately, nursing home staff often fail to follow these easy procedures.
If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home due to an infection, we encourage you to contact our nursing home negligence and abuse law firm.
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