Nursing Home Resident Wound InfectionsA serious form of elder abuse is wound infection sepsis due to improper wound care, monitoring and assessment. Often the failure to provide proper wound hygiene and cleansing, a lack of regular bandage changes, failure to use appropriate interventions lead to preventable infections which if left untreated can result in large wounds, infections, sepsis and death.
Infections can Result in Sepsis, Amputation and DeathTreating the wound and preventing infection due to a worsening and growing wound base is a critical job for nursing staff. The failure to identify a change in the wound at a time when it is treatable is neglect. A resident must be sent to a hospital or have additional evaluation whenever there is a change in condition (worsening of the wound). A wound hospital can properly assess the nature and severity of the wounds and provide medical treatments such as antibiotics, wound cleaning, wound closure, nutritional supplements and support, wound vacs., etc. According to Johns Hopkins, “severe sepsis is also called septicemia or blood poisoning. It happens when drug-resistant bacteria overwhelm the body and spread throughout the bloodstream. Sepsis can affect blood flow and cause tissue to die, especially in the toes, fingers, hands and feet. Severe sepsis can be deadly if antibiotic medicines cannot control the infection”.
Contact an Experienced AttorneyFor a free consultation to discuss your concerns about a pressure ulcer, wound care or other source of infection contact attorney Kenneth LaBore to discuss your case at 612-743-9048.
Wound Infection Sepsis