Maintaining good hygiene is necessary to prevent illness and disease, especially when it comes to sepsis.
A serious medical condition, sepsis starts at the beginning of an infection and spreads throughout the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, severe cases of sepsis can result in organ damage and septic shock, which causes dangerously low blood pressure.
Elderly adults make up the most vulnerable population for developing sepsis, due—in part—to weakened immune systems and any other diseases they may have, such as cancer or diabetes.
When your loved one has an infection that worsens due to unsanitary conditions and poor hygiene, you should seek professional medical help immediately.
The Importance of Keeping Wound Sites Clean
Keeping a wound site clean plays an important role in preventing the spread of any infection. If a caregiver does not clean wound sites right away, it may be considered neglect. According to a report from Reuters, many nursing homes deal with a high turnover of staff. Poor training and understaffing can lead to neglect of your loved one living in a nursing home.
For example, when a caregiver fails to wash their hands or wear gloves, they place your loved one at risk for infection. Dirty conditions in your loved one’s room, such as unchanged bedsheets and uncleaned sinks, also create breeding grounds for dangerous germs.
Nursing Home Neglect and Hygiene
In addition to keeping a clean room, caregivers have a responsibility to assist help loved one with their daily tasks. You trust the nursing home staff to keep your loved one bathed and clean on a regular basis.
Pressure sores can develop when your loved one remains in a bed or wheelchair for too long. Sometimes referred to as bedsores, these painful ulcers can result in an infection that, if left untreated, can progress into sepsis.
Patient neglect is never acceptable. Everyone deserves the right to wear clean clothes in a safe and clean environment. A nursing home should never allow a staffing shortage to put your loved one’s health at risk. If poor hygiene caused sepsis in your loved one, it is your right to pursue justice on their behalf.
Seeking a Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we take on nursing homes that abuse or neglect elderly adults. Our legal team fights for justice on behalf of vulnerable loved ones living in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Elderly patients rely on their caregivers to help them by bathing them, washing their hair, and dressing them in clean clothes. If a nursing home fails to administer proper care for these tasks, they may neglect their patients to the point that poor hygiene brings about sepsis.
A nursing home lawyer may be able to help gather key evidence and assemble a case to hold the nursing home accountable if neglect and poor hygiene caused sepsis.
Sepsis can worsen over time and lead to other health complications in the future. Legal representation may help hold insurance companies accountable for the losses suffered by your loved one if they receive a sepsis diagnosis.
Nursing Home Personal Injury Claim
We suggest protecting the best interest of your loved one if you believe nursing home neglect or abuse led to their case of diagnosed sepsis. If you believe the nursing home neglected to act with due care, we suggest you seek immediate medical care for your loved one, relocate them to another nursing home, and notify authorities of the conditions. After securing your loved one, you may want to consult a lawyer who may help you gather evidence and file a claim or suit for your loved one’s pain and suffering.
We take great pride in protecting the elderly by holding those responsible accountable for their actions. By doing so, we may help prevent the same outcome for other patients.
Your state’s statute of limitations may require that you contact a lawyer sooner than later. The sooner our attorneys at the Pintas Mullin Law Firm can review your case, the sooner we can decide upon a course of action for you and your loved one.
You have nothing to lose by scheduling a free case evaluation. If your elderly loved one developed sepsis due to poor hygiene that resulted from neglectful staff at a nursing home, having one of our lawyers look into your case may help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call the Pintas & Mullins Law firm now at (800) 842-6336.