What Every Loved One Should Know About Falls
Are Falls Really Unpreventable?
Do you have your doubts? Do you think you’re being lied to? Well, you are right to be skeptical. Here is the truth:
So when someone tells you falls are unpreventable, just remember that according to the leading authorities on the subject, including the federal government, the majority of patient falls are completely preventable because they can be predicted well in advance. And as Morse herself put it in the Second Edition of her book, patients don’t have “accidents” because we actually expect them to fall. And if you can predict something, you can do something to stop it.
Medicare and “Never Events”
The Risk that Falls Create
For most people a fall is uncomfortable and may even result in an injury. To a vulnerable nursing home resident, it may mean a total loss of mobility or even turn into a death sentence. Take for example a broken hip. A fractured femoral neck (the top of the femur which pivots in the joint of the pelvis) can lead to lengthy periods of immobility requiring physical therapy. If the resident is unable to get up and move about, pneumonia and other respiratory infections can easily set in leading to a rapid decline and death. Hence why a good fall prevention protocol must be in place at all times, and staff MUST FOLLOW IT.
Getting Help Fast
Illinois law only gives you just two (2) years to take legal actions after an injury. If you’ve discovered that a beloved relative has suffered a tragic accident or injury in a nursing home in southern or central Illinois, you don’t need to call a distant law firm in another state or in Chicago. There are skilled attorneys right here in our region who can help. By working with industry-leading medical experts, JEROME LINDSAY SALMI, LLC can perform a rapid investigation into the cause of your loved one’s injuries and begin working to hold the nursing home accountable.
SEPSIS AND OTHER INFECTIONS IN A NURSING HOME
Types of Infections
Nursing home residents are frequently at risk of developing infections, due to living in close proximity to other people with infections. Poor hygiene and poorly trained staff can also make the problem worse. Cross contamination, careless nursing staff, negligence, understaffing, and other problems can lead to deadly exposure to airborne and bloodborne pathogens and bacteria. Here are some of the most common forms of infection that people develop in hospital and nursing home environments:
Pneumonia happens when the lungs become inflamed and infected, sometimes filling with fluid, puss, or other infectious materials. Rare among the general public, these infections are a concern for people with limited mobility. Something like a hip fracture can quickly lead to lack of mobility and ultimately pneumonia.
Clostridium difficile (C-Diff)
C-diff is most common when a person has built up a resistance to antibiotics after long-term use of certain powerful drugs. This is why it is important for elderly nursing home residents to receive appropriate dietary and hydration services, as well as good infection control. It’s much better to prevent infections than be forced to treat them long term. C-diff causes loose stools and can be fatal.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
This is not your ordinary Staph infection. It is often caused by open sores or wounds, and in time it can be fatal. MRSA (pronounced “Mersa”) is very hard to treat, because by its nature it is resistant to drug therapies.
Of all the infections nursing home residents can acquire, Sepsis is the most serious immediate threat in many cases. This is because it is an infection of the blood. Once an infection has gotten into a person’s blood, it can claim a life within days or even hours.
When you’ve lost an elderly loved one due to the careless or thoughtless conduct of nurses and other staff at a nursing home in southern Illinois, JEROME LINDSAY SALMI, LLC is here to stand up to the big nursing home companies. Many attorneys claim to take on nursing homes, only to refer cases to big cities in far away places. Loved ones then must communicate with lawyers solely by phone in distant cities, often in other states. But JEROME LINDSAY SALMI, LLC is right here in southern Illinois, and we’re fighting to improve the quality of care for our region’s seniors one nursing home at a time.