DLP Trial Team Represents Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect | Kaiser Health News and the Chicago Tribune Report: “Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands of Seniors to Gruesome Deaths”

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Date: February 10, 2022
Posted In: DLP Law

How Can Nursing Home Negligence Lead to Sepsis In Patients?

According to Kaiser Health News and the Chicago Tribune, nursing homes across the United States fall flat on protecting residents from developing painful bedsores that can turn into a serious sepsis infection. Dr. Steven Simpson believes sepsis infections in nursing homes are “an enormous public health problem.” Data concerning sepsis infections in nursing homes was studied by Definitive Health Care indicated that sepsis infections can have a detrimental physical and monetary effect on residents. The articles’ authors, Schulte, Lucas, and Mahr, report that “25,000” residents contract sepsis annually, which can lead to hospitalization, death, and billions of dollars for medical treatment. Immobile nursing home residents have a serious risk of developing sepsis, which can come from the improper treatment of bedsores. Nursing home staff can put a stop to sepsis infections if they rotate immobile residents in their bed “every two hours.” However, as nursing home staffing levels plummet it is hard to manage bedsores and sepsis infections for residents. Despite this challenge, it is federally encouraged that nursing homes adhere to infection control programs to lessen this crisis. Nursing home residents deserve to be properly supervised and cared for as no resident should fear death as a result of staffing negligence.

What should I do if I think I have a Nursing Home Sepsis and Neglect Case?

    If you or a loved one has contracted sepsis due to nursing home negligence, please reach out to our seasoned team of trial lawyers at Dougherty Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. Remember: Injury? Call DLP! (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.

Works Cited

Schulte, Fred, Elizabeth Lucas and Joe Mahr. “Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands of Seniors to Gruesome Deaths.” Kaiser Health News and The Chicago Tribune, 5 September 2018, https://khn.org/news/avoidable-sepsis-infections-send-thousands-of-seniors-to-gruesome-deaths/

Tara Lynott
Intern, Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP