New Illinois Bill Would List Infection Data on Death Certificates

An Illinois nursing home neglect lawyer must remain aware of the changes in the law that may have some effect on those injured by poor nursing home care. This requires that we closely follow the activities of our state lawmakers in Springfield. An added benefit of this attention is that we are made aware of all proposed legislation that would have damaging effects on the rights of those injured by nursing home negligence and abuse. We can then advocate against the destructive proposals.

For example, we recently became aware of a bill that was passed last week by the Illinois General Assembly that represents an important advance in requiring open and accurate information about the passing of our loved ones. The legislation which was approved by both house of the General Assembly, HB1658, amends the Vital Records Act and will require those responsible for filling out the medical certification or cause of death on a death certificate to ensure that more information in listed in those documents. Death certificates must now note if methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), clostridium difficile, or similar infections were the cause or a contributing factor in an individual’s death.

Blog readers know that MRSA commonly affects residents in nursing homes and those in hosptials. All individuals that have open wounds, use invasive medical devices, and have weakened immune systems-like hospital patients and nursing home residents-are at risk of developing these complications. They are also the most likely to be severely harmed by the consequences of those infections, far too often leading to death.

It remains imperative for all those assisting at-risk individuals like nursing home residents to do everything in their power to prevent these infections. Simple steps are often all that is necessary to prevent the spread of these infections, such as ensuring proper hand washing at all times.

Our Chicago nursing homes abuse attorneys at Levin & Peconti believe that that proper information must be shared about the causes of death. This will help confirm the total amount of infection deaths that actual strike area residents. The information will then ensure that adequate attention is committed to eliminating the damaging and preventable problems.

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