A Bad Axe nursing home lawyer provides assistance to seniors who need help making plans to get high quality nursing home care. Unfortunately, many seniors are struggling to get the appropriate care that they need because nursing homes throughout Michigan’s shoreline communities have deficiencies. Understaffing, lack of staff training and related problems impact nursing homes not just throughout the state of Michigan but throughout the country as a whole. Getting the right help to research care facilities, find an appropriate nursing home and get the costs of care covered is vital for seniors, so contact Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle today to get the assistance you need with these key issues.
A recent article published by MedPageToday illustrated why it is so important to make certain that you or your loved one is living in a high quality nursing home that upholds appropriate standards of care. According to the MedPage article, drug resistant bacteria is spreading throughout nursing home facilities and is creating an increased risk of urinary tract infections among seniors.
This infection can be quite serious and the fact that bacterial infections are such a problem in institutional care environments clearly helps to demonstrate why seniors and their loved ones need to research nursing home environments so carefully when selecting where a senior should live when he can no longer live independently during his golden years.
Drug Resistant Bacteria Causing Illness in Nursing Homes
Researchers assessing the risks associated with drug-resistant bacteria in certain nursing home patients conducted a study of residents in 12 nursing homes in Southeast Michigan, according to Medscape. The researchers took a close look at the biology of drug resistant bacteria in the nursing home facilities in order to try to assess whether different kinds of drug resistant bacterias were interacting with each other or whether patients were simply getting sick with multiple kinds of bacteria because the patients themselves were so sick that they were vulnerable to any kind of bacteria.
The patients who were included in the study all had catheters. They were swabbed on the first day of the study, two weeks after the beginning of the study, and monthly after the study began in order to detect whether anti-biotic drug resistant organisms were colonizing. The researchers discovered that the patients frequently had multiple drug-resistant organisms which were causing urinary tract infections.
The researchers also tested the patients with the drug resistant bacterias for the presence of different kinds of antibiotics in their bodies. The researchers found that antibiotic use was associated with colonization of drug resistant bacteria. Unfortunately, this suggests that if nursing homes are dealing with infection problems that are resulting from cleanliness issues or from other issues by giving patients antibiotics, they could be making health issues worse for patients.
A clinical microbiologist who was not involved in the study but who was interviewed by Medpage told Medpage Today that nursing homes are well-known for being locations where multi-drug resistant organisms thrive, in part because of excessive use of antibiotic medications among the nursing home population.
Nursing homes need to focus on making sure that antibiotics are prescribed only in appropriate situations and also need to ensure they are engaging in appropriate monitoring of patients and are always providing an appropriate level of patient care. Surveillance of patient condition, best practices for patient care and judicious use of antibiotics are all vital to help reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria in nursing homes.
Getting Help from A Bad Axe Nursing Home Lawyer
A Bad Axe nursing home lawyer at Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle is here to provide you and your loved ones with help in selecting a nursing home care facility. Whether you need care for yourself or for someone in your family, we are committed to assisting you with the process of planning to get the best care possible and committed to helping you make certain that you have a plan to afford the costs of high quality care. We can also assist you with the process of responding to a crisis in which care is needed right away in a nursing home or similar facility as a result of an illness or an injury.
To find out more about how a Bad Axe nursing home lawyer at Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can assist you with making appropriate plans for nursing home care that is necessary now or for nursing home care that could become necessary for you or for a loved one in the future, give us a call at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online today.