Understanding Poor Diabetic Care Can be Nursing Home Malpractice from Our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Diabetes is a potentially dangerous health condition if it is unmanaged. However, with proper care and management, diabetes can usually be rather easily controlled. According to the CDC, there are over 30 million people with diabetes in the United States. Over 12 million people with diabetes are over the age of 65. Many residents of nursing homes have diabetes and rely on the nursing home staff to help them manage their diabetes. While many nursing homes and their trained staff do a good job at managing residents diabetes, unfortunately some nursing homes and their staff absolutely sale at properly managing diabetes. This can result in serious personal injuries and even the wrongful death of a resident. Our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers know that this can be a serious problem which is easily avoided. Learn more how poor diabetic care can be Oregon nursing home malpractice here.
What is Diabetes and Why Must it be Managed Properly?
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, diabetes is a disease that affects your blood glucose, which is also known as your blood sugar. Your blood glucose is your main source of energy which primarily comes from the food you eat. Your pancreas creates a hormone, called insulin, that helps the glucose from your food get into your cells to be utilized for energy.
However, diabetes is when your body does not make enough insulin or your body does not effectively use insulin that your body makes. This means that glucose stays in your blood and does not reach your cells to be burned for energy. If the glucose stays in your blood for too long, or if there is too much glucose in your blood, hit can begin to cause health problems. These health problems include organ damage and tissue damage, such as to your eyes, nerves, in other parts of your body.
Why Poor Diabetic Care can be Nursing Home Malpractice in Oregon
Diabetes can be difficult for a person to manage, especially for elderly individuals who may have some form of dementia affecting them. Other times a person’s diabetes could be more severe and difficult to manage even with the most competent and able of individuals. Therefore, diabetes can be a common cause for elderly individuals to need nursing home and assisted living care. Nursing home staff are specifically trained to help manage resident’s diabetes, including administering insulin and medication, testing and monitoring blood sugar, and maintaining a nutritional and diabetic-friendly diet.
While most nursing homes do a good job managing their residents diabetes, some nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers absolutely fail. This can result in significant personal injuries or the wrongful death of a resident due to the mismanagement of a resident’s diabetes. This could be Oregon nursing home abuse and malpractice.
Common Causes for Diabetes Mismanagement Resulting in Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice
Our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers know that there are generally three reasons why nursing homes fail to properly care for residents with diabetes. These three reasons include the following:
Failure to monitor a residence insulin – when a nursing home fails to monitor a diabetic residence blood sugar levels it is like playing guess-and-check with a person’s life. This is because any diabetic individual knows that it is crucial to monitor their blood sugar levels during the day. Without proper monitoring, it can be near impossible for a nursing home staff member to know what care and treatment a resident needs.
Giving diabetic medication and insulin – failing to timely give a diabetic resident his or her diabetic medications, including insulin injections, could result in a dangerous spike or dipped in blood sugar levels. This can be especially dangerous for elderly diabetic residents, such as those in a nursing home. The failure to give diabetic medication and insulin to a resident with diabetes is unacceptable and downright dangerous.
Improper nutrition for diabetic residents – many elderly residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities rely on nursing home staff to provide a proper and nutritious diet. This is particularly important for diabetic residents who are completely dependent on what the nursing home provides for food considering that most nursing home residents do not have the cognitive means, physical means, or even just the kitchen to cook for themselves at a nursing home facility or assisted living facility. When nursing homes fail to provide a diabetic-friendly and acceptable diet, it can actually cause or exacerbate the symptoms and damages from diabetes. Thus, poor diabetic care can be nursing home malpractice in Oregon for something as simple as providing food to a resident.
Ask Our Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers if your Loved One with Diabetes Has Suffered Any Unexplained Injuries or Unexpectedly Died
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
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