There are many reasons why infections are very common in
nursing homes and are a major cause of disease and fatalities among those who reside
in these types of assisted living facilities. In many cases, nursing home
staffers do not have the proper training or understanding to control infections.
Furthermore, residents may be cognitively impaired to follow adequate
hygiene precautions, resulting in illness.
The following are the most common nursing home illnesses caused by negligence:
Pneumonia – Pneumonia is a respiratory infection of the lungs. It is a serious
problem for nursing home residents due to increased exposure to bacteria
and viruses, smaller lung capacity, and long stretches of time lying down.
Urinary tract infections (UTI) – UTIs are infections which can occur anywhere along the urinary
tract. It is prevalent in nursing homes due to the increased use of catheters
and not drinking enough fluids.
Staph infection – Medically known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
(MRSA), it is a type of skin infect that happens when the bacteria enters
the body through a sore or cut on the skin. This type of infection is
resistant to antibiotics, which makes it a serious threat to senior nursing
Scabies – It is a contagious and infectious skin disease which is caused
by Sarcoptes scabiei (itch mite). Since residents generally have weakened
immune systems, they are more susceptible to scabies.
Sepsis – It is a severe infection where the bloodstream is overwhelmed with
bacteria. It starts by affecting organ function and eventually results
in septic shock.
All of these diseases could be prevented if nursing home staff members
are uphold their obligation of providing residents with adequate care
If your loved one has suffered an injury or illness due to the negligent
actions of nursing home staff in Pennsylvania,
contact our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at
Golomb & Honik, P.C. today.