Patients in a nursing home reasonably expect to be provided with competent medical care as necessary. The ability to receive this around the clock care is the entire point of living in a nursing home. When these facilities neglect to fulfill their obligations to provide this care or ensure that it is provided residents can be seriously injured. An Oregon man is claiming that this is exactly what happened to him.
Man Claims Nursing Home Caused Penis Amputation
McKnight’s reports that a former nursing home resident in Oregon is suing the facility and claiming that its negligence regarding his catheter eventually caused the loss of his penis. The man moved into the nursing home to recover from a kidney infection. While he was there he developed bleeding around his catheter. He claims that the nursing home’s staff did not address the issue until he discharged himself 25 days after being admitted to the facility. When he left the facility he went to a Portland hospital for treatment. Doctors diagnosed him with gangrene and sepsis. The infection was so severe that his penis had to be amputated. He is now suing the hospital to recover his lost wages and medical bills and to be compensated for his pain and suffering. The lawsuit also includes a claim for his wife in which she is seeking compensation for the related loss of the “affection, society, assistance and companionship of her husband.”
Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections are Common
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urinary tract infections are the most common type of healthcare-associated infection reported. Three out of four of these infections are associated with a urinary catheter. The key risk factor for developing a catheter related UTI is prolonged use of the urinary catheter, so they should only be used for as long as is absolutely necessary. If a patient does wind up with one of these infections they are treatable with either antibiotics or removal of the catheter in most cases. This means that when nursing home patients wind up with these infections, if they are receiving proper care the infection should be easily treated in most cases without any sort of permanent damage. However, if a nursing home fails to provide proper catheter care for the patient then he or she can wind up developing a serious infection that can have permanent or even life-threatening consequences.
What are Signs of Catheter-Related Infections?
There are some symptoms that are fairly common amongst patients with these infections. They can include burning or pain in the lower abdomen, fever, bloody urine, and burning during urination or an increase in frequency of urination after the catheter is removed. Of course, some or all of these symptoms may indicate different medical issues as well, or be related to the underlying reason a catheter was put in place in the first place. So if you experience any of the symptoms it is important to insist on discussing your concerns with a doctor.
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