Many of the individuals who are living in nursing homes across the U.S. are older adults who suffer from one or more underlying health conditions. These two elements alone make residents vulnerable to catching an infectious disease and suffering severe symptoms as a result. Because infections and diseases have the potential to spread easily and quickly in these facilities, it is important for all nursing homes to establish and implement a strong infection control plan, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In order to do this, the CDC recommends that facilities assign one or more individuals who have training in infection and control (IPC) to manage how a facility prevents and responds to infectious diseases. In addition to this, the CDC also recommends that facilities follow certain guidelines some of which include:
- Implement telehealth strategies. This might include having a doctor interact with a patient using a smartphone or tablet when he/she has contracted an infectious disease so as long as they are still able to deliver high-quality patient care.
- Screen everyone who enters the facility. Healthcare workers, staff members, new residents, visitors, and anyone else who enters a nursing home should be screened upon entering for signs and symptoms that may be associated with an infectious disease.
- Residents should be monitored regularly and not left unattended for long periods of time. Nursing home staff members must monitor residents regularly as this will help them to detect if a resident is showing any signs or symptoms that might be associated with a particular type of infectious disease. Nursing home residents who are neglected (e.g. left alone for long periods of time) who have contracted an infectious disease could contribute to it spreading as their signs and symptoms likely won’t be addressed as quickly as they should. In addition, they could experience a rapid decline in their health if they don’t receive prompt treatment.
- Ensure everyone in the facility is adhering to control measures and implementing good hygiene practices.
- Isolate patients who have a confirmed case of an infectious disease.
When a nursing home resident is neglected and not provided with the care they need after contracting a virus or infection, the nursing home can be held liable for the pain and suffering a resident experiences. If a family member has recently discovered that their aging relative is being neglected or mistreated rather than receiving the care they need and deserve, they should speak with a Coral Springs, FL nursing home neglect attorney. Miller Trial Law offers legal services to those who are a victim of nursing home neglect and can help a family determine if they have a valid case against a nursing home in Coral Springs.
To schedule a time to speak with a Coral Springs, FL nursing home neglect lawyer, call 305-697-8312.
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