In a nursing home with several residents, there is quite a bit of interaction between those receiving care and those providing care. There is also a high potential for contamination to spread should infections exist, which nursing homes must work to prevent and/or contain.
Seniors are especially vulnerable to the spread of bacteria and infections. Those with declining health are most at risk. As such, should anyone in the nursing home suffer from an infection, it is very important for the facility to treat the infection and prevent it from spreading to other residents.
Why Is It So Important to Contain the Infection?
As individuals get older, their immune systems begin to take a hit and they become susceptible to bacteria and infection. If one person develops any kind of infection, they must be properly kept away from other residents as it could spread quickly and cause plenty of people harm.
Infections can lead to even worsening conditions or fatal illnesses, especially with the elderly. If the nursing home does not immediately work to prevent the spread of infection, they could be considered liable should other residents suffer.
How Common Are Infections In Nursing Homes?
According to reports, nursing homes see roughly two million infections in the United States each year. These often include respiratory infections like:
- Urinary tract infection
- Soft-tissue infections
- Skin infections
The older the individual is, the more serious these types of conditions can be, which makes it crucial for nursing homes to ensure they’re taking all precautions to limit the number of infections that occur and keeping it contained should one arise.
If you’re loved one suffered an infection at a nursing home due to negligence, you may have the rights to take legal action, especially when they cause harm. Our nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help should you encounter this unfortunate situation.
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