Preventing infections is one of the most important parts of keeping nursing home residents healthy. Unfortunately, nursing home residents are often particularly vulnerable to infection due to weakened immune systems. For this reason, the law requires each nursing home to implement an Infection Control Program. Nevertheless, millions of nursing home residents contract unnecessary infections and complications each year. One complication is Sepsis which can result in life-altering consequences for nursing home residents.
Sepsis is the result of the body’s adverse reaction to bacteria or other germs. It is not caused by the infection itself, but the body’s response to chemicals released to fight the infection. Sepsis can lead to septic shock causing a nursing home resident’s blood pressure to drop to deadly levels. Even where it is not deadly, the blood pressure drop can cause damage to vital organs.
The most important step nursing homes can take to prevent Sepsis is to follow its Infection Control Program. These programs typically include protocol such as washing hands, wiping off surfaces and equipment, and other standard practices. Any nursing home resident suffering from Sepsis must be treated immediately. This means the patient should be taken to the emergency room as soon as possible. If medical attention is delayed the nursing home resident may die or suffer lifelong consequences.
If your loved one has suffered a Sepsis-related injury in a nursing home, we encourage you to contact our nursing home negligence and abuse law firm.
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