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Last Flu Season Was Deadliest for Nursing Home Residents

During the 2017-2018 flu season, an estimated 80,000 Americans died and 900,000 were hospitalized, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), making last year one of the deadliest our country has even seen with the elderly and very young children affected most severely. A new study from Brown University School of Public Health reports that a more immunogenic vaccine, such as the adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV), can improve clinical outcomes in nursing home patients compared with a non-adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine.

According to the CDC, older adults with weaker immune systems also may have a lower protective immune response after flu vaccination compared to younger, healthier people.

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Painful Infections Remain Untreated When Chicago’s Nursing Homes are Understaffed

The Chicago Tribune recently published a scathing article on the inadequate measures taken by a Chicago nursing home to prevent a resident’s bedsores from turning into deadly infections. The story featured the negligence and wrongful death claims of an 85-year-old resident at Lakeview Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on the city’s North Side. Family members of the resident told reporters that the facility’s staff never spoke of the “seriousness of the pressure sore, which led to sepsis, a severe infection that can quickly turn deadly if not cared for properly.”

Complications related to pressure sores often require intravenous antibiotics and sensitive care treatments to treat bloodstream infections and can result in painful surgeries to cut away dead skin around the wound. According to health officials, there are four types of infections that are often linked with sepsis including: lungs (pneumonia), kidney (urinary tract infection), skin (pressure wounds and bedsores) and gut. Out of the 6,000 Illinois nursing home residents who are hospitalized with sepsis each year, 1 in 5 won’t survive.

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The family of a deceased man is blaming the doctor and medical staff at two local rehabilitation centers for the man’s wrongful death following a motorcycle accident. The family filed a nursing home lawsuit against the two rehabilitation centers claiming that their deceased family member arrived at the facility for post-trauma medical care after he sustained severe injuries in a motorcycle accident. During his hospital stay the doctors had inserted an intravenous line into his chest. They then transferred him to the rehabilitation center where he was supposed to work with a doctor for his post injury rehabilitation.

Unfortunately, during his stay the victim developed a staph infection and became septic. He had to be transferred back to the hospital where he was diagnosed with MRSA sepsis due to an infected catheter. He had to be taken to another outpatient facility where he received antibiotic IV therapy and was finally released to his home. At home he continued to suffer from recurrent MRSA and had to go back to the hospital with septic shock. He died less than two months later from congestive heart failure and renal failure. The nursing home lawsuit alleges that the facilities failed to prescribe the proper antibiotic treatment that is needed to combat the infection and failed to properly control that infection. They also allege that they failed to properly diagnose the condition, failed to prescribe appropriate therapy and failed to remove the central line.

MRSA has the potential to easily spread and cause infections in nursing home. The presnese of MRSA in a facility may lead to fewer treatment options for patients when infections occur, with more adverse effects and increased ocsts. Nursing homes must utilize infection control practices that dismantle MRSA in order to protect their patients.

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Pressure Ulcers, which unfortunately occur relatively frequently as a result nursing home negligence, run a serious risk of infection, and worse; sepsis. Sepsis, a biological response to infections, can kill an adult within hours. Sepsis can form as a result of a skin infection, such as a pressure ulcer, and spread throughout the body shutting down vital organs. If sepsis does result from the formation of a pressure ulcer while you or a loved one is under the care of a nursing home facility, the nursing home may be negligent. To find an Illinois lawyer who can assist you in this matter, please contact Levin & Perconti. To read more about sepsis, please click here.