Choking in Nursing Homes
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Risks of Chocking & Warning Signs
Meal times can be dangerous for nursing home residents that require more attentive care. Employees at many facilities, especially those that operate for profit and are understaffed, may simply dish out trays of food without monitoring residents' consumption. This inattentiveness results in malnutrition and dehydration, and often serious choking incidents. There have been numerous reports of deaths due to choking at nursing home facilities, nearly all of which resulted from staff negligence.
Seniors who have suffered strokes or have other neurological conditions often have limited mouth and throat muscle function. Those taking muscle relaxants and inflicted with neurodegenerative diseases also pose a very high risk of choking. Unique care must be tailored to meet the needs of these residents whenever they consume food. Nursing homes with overworked or inadequate staff may ignore the needs of these patients-a form of negligence that can result in fatal accidents. Choking causes severe brain injury, medical complications, and is a leading cause of death in nursing homes.
Signs of Nursing Home Negligence: Clogged Breathing Tubes
Many seniors wholly depend on respiratory devices to breathe, 24 hours a day. This places them in a very vulnerable position, as they require constant monitoring.
A major sign of nursing home neglect is clogging or unnoticed damage to these devices. Failure to closely monitor residents with breathing tubes and to identify any potential hazards has severe consequences. Much like choking, a clogged breathing tube deprives oxygen to the brain, and causes brain injury and death within minutes.
Residents with endotracheal tubes are also at risk of damage to their tracheas. Residents with dementia or other cognitive disorders may not remember why they require such a device and attempt to remove it, causing damage to their respiratory organs. Seniors are also vulnerable to other, more dangerous residents, or incompetent staff members who may injure patients through carelessness or lack of training.
What You Can Do To Help Your Loved One
While many instances of choking may appear accidental, it is possible to determine whether the nursing home staff was at fault. Negligence may occur before, during, or after the incident, whenever employees fail to act efficiently and accordingly. Cases of clogged or damaged breathing tubes are often the result of elder neglect. Suffocation of this type is entirely preventable.
If you know that your loved one requires constant assistance during meals, or runs the risk of clogged breathing tubes, ensure that their care plan is tailored to meet these needs. Even measures such as cutting up food into small bites or only consuming soft foods may be taken to prevent choking. Make sure that the nursing home staff knows the risk potential.
Speak with a Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm
If you or a loved one suffered any type of injury or distress from choking, clogged breathing tubes, or failure to safely care for those with respiratory problems, contact a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney from our Chicago office immediately. Taking legal action against incompetent employees raises awareness, ensures justice, and improves the life quality of all residents in that nursing home.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our nursing home negligence lawyers are dedicated to exposing and preventing such abuse. We serve clients nationwide from our Illinois office. Contact us at (888) 444-9136 to speak with one of our experienced elder abuse attorneys in Chicago.