If you or a loved one has contracted an infection in a nursing home, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, wrongful death (in some cases) as well as other losses. Our firm is working with experienced nursing home infection lawyers in RI and MA, and there is no fee unless you get a settlement or award.

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Most Common Types of RI Nursing Home Infections:

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  • Lung Diseases
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Skin & Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Digestive tract infections
  • Gangrene
  • MRSA
  • E Coli and Salmonella

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If we can prove that the nursing home neglect was the cause of the infection, one can recover for medical bills and pain and suffering, among other losses. Read More.

RI Nursing Home Infections

It is very common for individuals in nursing homes to be exposed to infectious diseases. Nursing homes tend to be an ideal environment for disease to spread due to how close nursing home residents live to one another. Most of their activities during the day are done in groups, and many of the staff at nursing homes are not educated to the same extent as similar staff in hospitals. Residents with underlying conditions also increase the risk of injury from hospital-acquired infections.

What is Sepsis in RI Nursing Homes?

Blood with SepsisSepsis is a severe form of infection where the bloodstream becomes overwhelmed by bacteria – it is also commonly known as blood poisoning. Infections may typically begin in the kidneys, skin, lungs, and bowel. Sepsis infections vary from one person to another, but one of the most common causes is a bacterial infection originating in bedsores caused by nursing home neglect. When an elderly person’s immune system begins to wear down, the chance of developing sepsis increases significantly. Over 750,000 cases of sepsis are reported annually, of which 215,000 patients die each year despite receiving treatment. Some common symptoms of sepsis include rash, delirium, shaking, hyperventilation, fever, and chills.

Influenza in RI Nursing Homes – Flu Risks for RI Nursing Home Residents

Flu is a very dangerous infection for the population of nursing homes. For most influenza strains, 90% of those who die each year from the flu are over age 65. At a typical nursing home, 60% of the residents will contract flu each season, and an average of 55% of those who contract the flu in a nursing home die from it. Even though they show a reduced immune response, the yearly influenza vaccine still works for the elderly. It is highly recommended that all seniors – especially nursing home residents – receive their flu shot every year.

Scabies in RI Nursing Homes

Scabies in Nursing HomesScabies is an allergic reaction caused by exposure to the skin mites Sarcoptes scabiei. It is related to the animal disease called Mange. It is usually a result of direct skin-to-skin contact and causes inflamed red and itchy patches of skin. In a nursing home environment where there may be many individuals with suppressed or weakened immune systems, there is a chance that the much more severe form known as Crusted Scabies can develop. This is a much more serious infection. Normal scabies infections usually involve 10-15 scabies mites, while crusted scabies may involve as many as 1,000,000 mites.

Some of the contributing factors to the spread of Scabies in RI nursing homes are:

  • Large numbers of at-risk patients
  • Close contact between individuals
  • The difficulty of diagnosing scabies
  • The failure to promptly treat scabies

MRSA in RI Nursing Homes

MRSA in RI Nursing HomesMRSA is one of several kinds of bacteria – related to the staph infection – that has become resistant to several different kinds of antibiotics. MRSA infections often show up in hospitals, but are also common in nursing homes, with certain nursing homes having as many as 40% of their patients infected.

Some risk factors that can contribute to MRSA infections are:

  • Increased Age
  • Underlying Chronic Disease
  • Decreased Mobility
  • Mental or Cognitive Impairment
  • Intravenous or other feeding tubes
  • Open wounds
  • Recent antibiotic use
  • Recent hospital stay

MRSA infections may show no symptoms, but can also lead to:

  • Blood infections (often deadly)
  • Pneumonia
  • Endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart)
  • Skin & soft tissue infections, including boils and lesions
  • Bone & joint infections

Infection Control in RI Nursing Homes

immunizations for fluHospitals have long had strict procedures for controlling and preventing infections. Nursing homes often lack the same staff devoted to infection control, and other staff typically does not have the same level of education of most hospital staff. Nursing homes also lack the specialized tools used to diagnose infections. There are certain suggested guidelines the Nursing Homes should follow to help prevent infection:

  • Regularly Monitoring Patients for Signs of Infection.
  • Regular immunizations for flu, hepatitis B, and other chronic diseases.
  • In cases where there is no other option, separation of infected patients from other patients in the nursing home.

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Call d’Oliveira & Associates for Help Today!

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer meeting with couple for a nursing home abuse claimIf you or a loved one has been exposed to and contracted an infectious disease at a nursing home, do not hesitate to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to help you understand your legal rights. The nursing home infection lawyers in RI and MA that we work with are extremely experienced and will charge no legal fees until you receive the settlement or award you and your loved one are entitled to. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online, for a free (no-obligation) case evaluation.