Bed sores, a leading cause of neglect at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, may lead to other complications such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) infection if not taken care of promptly.
If at-risk elderly patients are neglected and develop bed sores that aren’t treated properly, they have a greater risk of contracting an E. Coli infection through the sores. Symptoms of E. Coli infection include:
- Gastrointestinal complications
- Bladder infections
When combined with a severe Stage IV Bed Sore injury, an E. Coli infection can turn fatal.
Skilled Nursing Home facilities must then adhere to their written infection policy and procedures to prevent this dangerous complication from occurring.
Bed Sores and E. coli infections usually occur when nursing staff neglect to provide patients with proper hygiene and high-quality care.
As E. Coli infections continue to appear in negligent long-term care facilities, proper hygiene, cleanliness, and efficient medical care are the best defense in preventing infection.
When nursing staff does not learn the right prevention policies for their elderly residents, more residents will suffer from chronic conditions while under their care.
If an at-risk patient suffering from bed sores develops an E. Coli infection, IV fluid treatments or other surgical procedures may be required.
Keeping an at-risk patient hydrated with proper fluids and rest may assist with initial recovery. However, most elderly patients that suffer from E. Coli require more care due to weakened immune systems.
If the infection turns severe, a patient may need to be hospitalized.
While E. Coli may be highly contagious, it certainly can be prevented through proper hygiene practices.
Together, we must address the serious issue of Negligence and Neglect in Skilled Nursing Home and assisted living facilities throughout the State of California.
If you or an elderly loved one is suffering from neglect at the hands of an at-fault nursing facility in California, the Peck Law Group can help. Do not wait to take action. Speak with an attorney today for your free case evaluation by calling toll free @ 1- 866-999-9085, or by filling out the contact form on this site.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.