McKnight’s Long-Term Care News ran a feature article recently on a topic of great importance to Philadelphia nursing home negligence lawyers like us: increased scrutiny on whether proper hygiene practices are used in nursing homes. Infections from drug-resistant bacteria have received increasing media attention in recent years, yet less than 50 percent of healthcare workers wash their hands as they should. This potentially deadly lapse in hygiene is also a serious violation of nursing home patients’ trust in the people and institutions that are supposed to be caring for them.
A 2007 study published in Clinics in Geriatric Medicine showed that 1.5 to 2 million healthcare-associated infections occur in long-term care residents annually. That works out to one infection per resident per year, and studies show that 80% of infections are a result of bacteria transmitted by touching. Nursing homes need to make certain that all their employees take the time to wash up properly, but employees are often rushed in their interactions with patients because the institutions try to save money by understaffing. As Pennsylvania nursing home abuse attorneys, we know that that can lead to skin problems, infectious pneumonia, worsening of bedsores, and the continual passing of infectious diseases from one patient to another, or between patients and staff members. Given nursing home patients’ dependence on the staff to care for them, it is only right that patients should be afforded the dignity that comes with proper hygiene.
When nursing homes fail to live up to the basic requirements of health care hygiene, patients are the ones who pay the price. If you or someone you love was neglected in a nursing home, Rosenbaum & Associates can help. To tell us about your situation and learn more about your rights, please call us toll-free at 1-800-7-LEGAL-7 (1-800-753-4257) or contact us online today.