Causes of Infections in Oregon Nursing Homes: Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

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Top Causes of Infections in Oregon Nursing Homes Explained by our Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers


Infections in nursing homes are serious and an increasing problem, according to research from the Columbia University School of Nursing.  This includes nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Oregon, particularly in Portland, Bend, Deschutes County, and throughout the state.  The CDC believes that there are between 1 to 3 million serious infections which year in nursing homes, which is a staggering number.  This is particularly troubling because most people are hesitant to place a loved one in a nursing home but only do so with the assurances that our loved ones are being well-cared for.  But our Portland nursing home abuse lawyers know this is not always the case because there are too many causes of infection in Oregon nursing homes due to negligent conduct.


We understand that it can be frustrating when loved ones suffer injuries in nursing homes, particularly injuries such as an infection.  While aging does result in an increased risk of infection, it does not have to be a re-occurring problem.  Sometimes nursing homes actually increase or cause the risk of an infection.  In fact, many times just basic hygiene and routine care of residents could completely avoid the risk of an infection.  Tasks that are as simple as more frequent bathroom breaks or making sure residents shower daily can greatly reduce the risk of infection.  


Top Causes of Infections in Oregon Nursing Homes


There are many reasons why nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers have infection problems.  Most of the reasons are completely avoidable with proper care and treatment.  Some of the most common causes of infections in Oregon nursing homes include the following:


  • Inadequate staffing which is a huge issue in all facilities throughout the United States, including Oregon
  • Inexperienced staffing, including staff that receive no training or supervision when they start
  • Lack of cleaning supplies 
  • Too many residents in a facilities 
  • Poor facility infrastructure, including outdated facilities like bathrooms or bedrooms
  • Neglect of residents
  • Resident abuse, including sexual assault, physical assault, and other physical attacks
  • Delays in treatment
  • Failing to change catheters or wound bandages
  • Failing to give prescribed antibiotics, and
  • Many other common causes.


Types of Infections Resulting in Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice


There are several different types of infections caused by Oregon nursing home malpractice and neglect that victims and their families should be aware of.  The most common types of infections due to nursing home errors include the following:


  • UTIs 
  • Influenza (the flu)
  • Staph infections
  • MRSA
  • Pneumonia 
  • Wound infections
  • Hepatitis 
  • Common colds, and
  • Other types of infections.


Victims of Oregon Nursing Home Infections Should Ask Our Portland Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers for Help


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

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