Infections Caused by Nursing Home Malpractice in Oregon

When Nursing Home Malpractice Allows Infections to Go Unchecked, Nursing Home Residents Could be Seriously Injured or Killed Due to Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice


Infections are always serious medical conditions that require immediate medical treatment and care.  Even minor infections can quality grow into uncontrollable and life-threatening conditions.  This is particularly true of nursing home residents who are likely to be elderly, have weakened immune systems, and be susceptible to complications from infections.  This is why nursing homes and their staff must carefully guard against, inspect, identify, and treat any type of infection.  If they fail to do so it can be due to nursing home malpractice.


Failing to treat an infection today could lead to a much worse condition such as sepsis tomorrow.  This means that infections can become deadly and difficult to treat.  Even successfully treating a large infection or sepsis can lead to serious personal injuries such as the loss of toes or fingers, blood vessel damage, heart damage, and nerve damage.


Causes of Infections in Nursing Homes Which May Lead to Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice


While even a simple cut can result in a dangerous infection, there are some injuries which can result in very serious and even deadly infections.  Most of these causes of infections in nursing homes can be entirely prevented or quickly treated to avoid injury.  But when nursing homes fail to do so, it can result in horrific injuries to residents.


For instance, one of the most common causes of infections are due to pressure sores or pressure ulcers.  These are injuries to the skin or body caused by constant pressure and/or friction to a part of the body, usually the lower back, buttocks, shoulders, and heels.  This pressure can cause the skin to break and blister, as well as damage and atrophy (or wither away) muscle or flesh.  When this happens, bacteria on the skin is allowed to get into an open wound on the body.  This can cause an infection which can be incredibly painful and difficult to treat.  When undiagnosed, this can also result in sepsis which is a wide-spread blood infection.


Another way that infections are caused in nursing homes are due to cuts or abrasions which are not properly cared for.  If a resident stumbles or falls and sustains an injury, he or she may be embarrassed and not advise staff.  Nonetheless, staff still needs be to 1) vigilant of patients who may fall and need care or treatment, and 2) of new injuries on residents, particularly during baths or showers, hygiene assistance, or assistance with getting dressed.  These injuries can be untreated and become infected, which can result in serious health complications.


Finally, another way that infections occur in nursing homes is when staff fails to follow proper cleanliness and hygiene standards.  This could mean that some patients need assistance using the restroom or showering, or more seriously ill patients may need assistance with catheters and changing them more frequently.  When staff fail to keep a resident’s personal hygiene at safe and acceptable levels, it can result in serious personal injuries or wrongful death.


Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice Causing Uncontrolled Infections Should be Evaluated by a Lawyer


Here in Bend and Portland, Oregon there are many nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and other in-patient and residential facilities where infections can be a serious issue.  If you or a loved one have may have suffered from an infection due to nursing home malpractice, call to schedule a FREE appointment to learn what your rights may be.  We accept cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.


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