Spread of the Flu in Nursing Homes Could be Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice

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Understanding Oregon Malpractice: Spread of the Flu in Nursing Homes Could be Preventable Errors

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are supposed to be places where elderly residents receive the care and treatment that they need. This caring treatment includes not just basic hygienic support, wound care, rehabilitate services, and medication administration, but also preventative care. This preventative care includes not just for other ailments such as infections or injuries from falls, but also preventing the spread of infectious diseases during cold and flu season.  This is particularly true now with the coronavirus, as neighboring Washington State had a severe coronavirus outbreak in a nursing home.  In the winter months colds, flus, and other infectious diseases need to be controlled by a nursing home.  If the facility fails to do so, it could be Oregon nursing home malpractice if the spread of the flu in nursing homes is allowed to occur unchecked.

Duty of Care Owed by Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Oregon nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers owe residents a duty of care to protect them from foreseeable and preventable harm.  This includes protecting residents against a quick spreading flu or other fold.  In elderly residents who may have underlying health issues, preventing the spread of the flu in a nursing home could mean the difference between life and death.

This means that in nursing homes and elderly assisted living facilities need to take certain precautions when they know one or more residents has the flu, a cold, or another contagious or infectious disease. Some of these precautions include the following:

  • Quarantining infected residents
  • Getting infected residents immediate treatment and medication
  • Transferring infected residents to the appropriate healthcare facilities they need, which with elderly patients that is usually a hospital
  • Properly disinfecting and cleaning the facility, especially common areas
  • Providing proper nutrition and hydration to residence to help keep a natural immune system
  • Ensuring that all residents engage in proper hygienic care, including performing basic hygiene with residents as preventative care
  • Limiting or preventing guests or contractors who may have a disease such as a cold or flu from entering or working with in the nursing facility
  • Protecting the most vulnerable and ill residents from other individuals who may have a cold or the flu
  • Requiring staff and ensuring staff maintain their own proper and hygienic methods including using hand sanitizer between residents, washing their hands with soap and water as required by the CDC, and requiring staff were ill or show symptoms of a cold or flu from working with vulnerable residents for working at all
  • Reacting quickly to any residents who may have any symptoms of a cold or flu which could spread throughout the nursing home
  • With the threat of a coronavirus, contacting the Oregon Department of Health and CDC immediately if there’s a suspected case, and
  • Many other common hygienic and proper medical care and treatment precautions.

Damages When an Oregon Nursing Home Fails to Prevent the Spread of the Flu

Because nursing home residents and elderly assisted living facilities have vulnerable populations the spread of the flu could result in significant personal injuries and the wrongful death of many residents. Nursing homes are the arbiter of good health care for these residents that are depending on them with their lives. Nursing homes are therefore responsible for the safety of their residents to prevent infections. When nursing homes fail to prevent the spread of the flu or actually encourage the spread of the flu by failing to take necessary and basic precautions, nursing homes could be liable for any damages caused to residents which include further disability, wrongful death, pain and suffering, increased medical bills, and other damages due to the nursing homes negligence.

Did a Loved One Suffer Damages from the Spread of the Flu in an Oregon Nursing Home?  We Might be Able to Help

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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Most Common Nursing Home Infections Due to Oregon Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Most Common Nursing Home Infections: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers Share When Infections are Caused by Nursing Home Malpractice

We all know that infections are bad, even little children.  This means that certain steps and guidelines must be followed to ensure that infections do not occur.  This includes washing hands and properly cleaning out wounds, among other basic hygiene.  At the first sign of an infection, this means going to a doctor for treatment which could be wound care or antibiotics, or both.  These same guidelines and protocol are true in a nursing home or assisted living facility, although the ways that infection occur are much greater.  Yet, the point of placing loved ones in nursing homes and assisted living facilities is generally that we cannot afford to properly care for our loved ones without extra help.  Thus, we expect nursing home staff to help care for our loved ones.  While many nursing homes do a superior job at this, unfortunately our Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers know that far too many nursing homes fail.  This is why nursing home infections are a problem.

Problems in Oregon Nursing Homes

Indeed, infections in a nursing home are a big problem.  According to government statistics, there are between 1 to 3 million serious infections every year at nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities with about 380,000 fatal infections.  Considering that there are about 5 million residents in these facilities, this translates to almost 60% of all residents suffering a “serious” infection each year.  That is a massive number and a dangerous number which hints at Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect.

Most Common Types of Nursing Home Infections in Oregon

There are several types of infections which could result from Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect.  Each of these types are very serious and could result in catastrophic harm or wrongful death to an innocent resident.  The most common infections in Oregon nursing homes include the following:

Respiratory infections – This is the most common type of nursing home infection because it could be just the simple cold which is passed around every winter.  However, for an elderly patient who is ill or recovering from other health complications, a powerful cold could result in permanent injury or wrongful death.  In fact, respiratory infections could be fatal if not properly treated and cared for by trained healthcare providers.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) – UTIs are common in nursing homes, although they really should not be.  This is because UTIs can be caused by catheters that are not used properly or unsanitary conditions.  Improper hygiene could also result in UTIs, even from just the way a caregiver wipes a patient client.  Nutrition and hydration are also possible causes of UTIs, which really should not occur if residents are properly monitored.

Influenza – Like respiratory infections but only deadlier, the flu could quickly spread through a nursing home.  This is a health emergency in a nursing home and infected individuals should be quarantined and never allowed to mingle (or infect) other residents.  Nursing homes must have strong disinfectant policies and move aggressively to prevent the spread of the flu.

Pressure Sores or Pressure Ulcers or Bed Sores – Residents that are bedridden or mobility limited are vulnerable to pressure sores or pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores.  This is a very dangerous condition which can be almost entirely avoided by just flipping or adjusting the positioning of a person.  But when the friction and pressure of bedsprings or wheelchair springs remain on the same spot of the body for too long, that could cause a breakdown of tissue which could damage skin tissue.  That skin tissue begins to deteriorate which could cause open injuries and result in infections.  Serious pressure sores can also cause necrosis of the tissue around it.  Pressure sores usually cause infections and frequently result in horrible instances of sepsis.

Did a Loved One Suffer ANY Type of Infection in a Nursing Home?  We Can Investigate for Free

Yes, it is true that infections can happen even in the best of nursing homes.  And yes, infections could be unavoidable and natural consequences of some conditions that residents have.  However, many times infections are caused be simple failures in nursing homes to care for patients.  

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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.