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New Jersey nursing home infections

Infections in the Nursing Facility

Nursing homes are literal breeding grounds for infections. Indeed, estimates vary between one and three million cases of infection per year in U.S. facilities caring for our elderly loved ones. Over a third of a million die. While negligence is not always the cause of New Jersey nursing home infections, you need to consider this as a possibility if your loved one becomes ill.trailer movie Get Out

Why Nursing Home Residents Are Prone to Infection

A number of factors contribute to the cause of New Jersey nursing home infections. Many residents suffer from diminished health, which leads to a weakening of their immune systems. Some take medications that compromise their body’s immune response. Indeed, the fact that so many individuals live in a relatively confined area is surely a reason as well. Add to this the fact that many residents do not have the capacity to adequately care for themselves and their own hygiene, and you should not be surprised that they often get infections.streaming film The Boss Baby 2017

Common Types of Infections in Nursing Homes

Staff at nursing facilities should be trained how to respond to individualized patient needs such as those outlined above in order to help prevent infections. Unfortunately, many are inadequately trained to do so; also, many facilities are understaffed, which makes it difficult to provide the care necessary to each resident. Nursing home abuse cases in New Jersey may have various causes, but underlying most are these key factors.

While infections take many forms, a few tend to be most common in nursing facilities:

  • Influenza: Flu tends to be seasonal, though of course a person can become ill at any time. The elderly are particularly prone to serious consequences when they get the flu; in fact, as many as 90% of all influenza deaths each year in the United States are among the elderly. Residents should be immunized against influenza unless another medical issue disallows this. Also, it is important that staff be immunized as well.
  • Scabies: Another very contagious type of infection is scabies. Side effects of medication, weak immune system, and living in close quarters with others all contribute to scabies being a significant problem in nursing homes.
  • Gastroenteritis: An inflammation of the stomach and intestines, gastroenteritis is caused by viral and bacterial organisms. Diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain are the most frequent symptoms.

Nursing Home Abuse Cases in New Jersey Require Action

If you believe that a loved one has become ill with an infection due to negligence, it is important that you speak with an attorney. New Jersey nursing home infections are serious, and lead to many deaths every year. Call Clark Law Firm, PC today to arrange a consultation at 877-841-8855.

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