Infections & Changes of Conditions
California Elder Abuse Lawyers Helping You
The Law Offices of Mark Redmond is committed to helping those who have suffered from all types of nursing home abuse and neglect. One of the most common consequences of improper care in a long-term care facility is infections.
When you discuss your case with our Sacramento elder abuse lawyers, we can help you understand if your rights have been violated. We can then walk you through the steps of filing a lawsuit against your care provider in order to pursue maximum compensation for your damages.
Infection Control in Nursing Homes
Those living in nursing homes are especially prone to bacterial and viral infections. On average, there are about two million infections in U.S. nursing facilities every year. As many as 380,000 long-term care facility residents die each year due to infections.
Common nursing home infections and illnesses include:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Methicillin-resistance Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- Staph infection
All nursing homes in California are required to have an organized infection control program designed to prevent the spread of diseases and infections.
This program must involve:
- Cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces and articles
- Prohibiting employees with communicable illnesses from having direct contact with residents and their food
- Taking steps to investigate, prevent, and control infections in the facility
- Screening staff and residents for tuberculosis
- Requiring employees to wash their hands after being in direct contact with a resident
- Handling linens in a way that prevents the spread of infections
- Isolating infected residents in the least restrictive manner possible
- Keeping a record of infections and actions taken to remedy the situation
- Notifying local and state health officials of any reportable communicable diseases
If you have contracted an infection in a long-term care facility, it could be the result of a failure of the nursing staff to uphold their duty of infection control. Contact our knowledgeable lawyers right away to discuss your case and discover your legal options.
Failure to Report Changes of Conditions
Nursing home staff are required to watch for, notice, and report changes in a resident’s condition. This involves knowing the signs of illness and realizing when a resident becomes susceptible to harm. When long-term care providers fail to report these changes, it can lead to serious outcomes, such as medical complications, hospitalization, or even death.
If a nursing home has failed to report your loved one's illness and make the necessary changes in their care, The Law Offices of Mark Redmond can help.
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