Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places where our elderly loved ones can get the care they require. Instead, sometimes a care facility does not proper care and residents can be hurt. Neglectful care in nursing homes is a serious concern, especially when there are serious injuries. In one recent case, a woman filed a lawsuit against a nursing home after contracting a serious infection while living there. The lawsuit names Alden Estates of Evanston, Inc. and seeks damages of more than $50,000.
MRSA, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is a dangerous infection that is difficult to treat. MRSA is quite resistant to antibiotics, making it a serious threat. MRSA can be particularly dangerous to the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms of MRSA include red or swollen areas of the skin that may be warm to the touch. As MRSA worsens the areas may become pus-filled and the infection can deepen. If not treated promptly, the infection can spread into the bloodstream and get into the major organs of the body.
Treatment of MRSA
MRSA does respond to some antibiotics, so that is the method of treatment. The doctor may need to drain the affected area to remove the pus. Then, the area must be thoroughly cleaned. MRSA can be spread easily, even between patients who are not aware that they have the infection. Any areas that were in contact with an infected patient must be disinfected and cleaned. Those treating the patient must use gloves and wash their hands before entering another room.
Because of the serious dangers involved in MRSA it is extremely important to take steps to prevent it from occurring. Cleanliness is essential in the prevention of MRSA. Anyone diagnosed with MRSA should be placed in isolation until the infection is resolved. Any bedding, clothing, and other items that came into contact with an infected individual should be kept separate from other items and sanitized. Surfaces in the patient’s room need to be disinfected.
Improper Care Provided
The woman in this case claims that she was allowed to contract MRSA and when she did her condition was not timely assessed or treated. The delay in treatment likely caused her a great deal of pain and discomfort. Luckily, she did not die from the infection, however, she could have. The nursing home is responsible for providing care and getting treatment for residents when needed. They failed to notice her infection and this could have caused it to worsen considerably.
The more quickly MRSA is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome. Nursing home neglect can happen when staff members do not pay close enough attention to the needs of residents. This can cause medical conditions to go unnoticed and the person’s health to deteriorate.
If your loved one was injured in a nursing home because of improper care, you may be entitled to collect money to cover medical expenses and damages. Call the attorneys at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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