Attorneys in San Antonio Offer Support for MRSA-Related Injuries

MRSA can leave a nursing home resident with long-term and permanent injuries. Suppose someone you love has been injured by negligence, abuse, or neglect at a nursing home. In that case, a nursing home neglect attorney in San Antonio at the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham can help you seek compensation and justice. 

Causes of MRSA in Nursing Home Residents

There are several factors that increase the risk of MRSA in a nursing home:

  • MRSA can be carried by a host patient without any visible signs or symptoms. While the host may not get sick, they can transmit the pathogen to others with open entry points or wounds.
  • Seniors have weaker immune systems in general which place them at a higher risk of infections, including MRSA. Unfortunately, MRSA resists treatment, which makes it doubly dangerous. 
  • Nursing homes are health care settings where breathing tubes, catheters and feeding tubes are widely used. These are especially prone to infection outbreaks. MRSA can easily infect multiple patients if the staff is lax about handwashing and glove etiquette.

Signs and Symptoms of MRSA

Like many other staph infections, MRSA starts out as warm, painful red bumps on the skin, which may look like pimples or spider bites. The affected area of MRSA infection may also be accompanied by the following:

  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Pus and other drainage

MRSA is highly contagious and can be spread through skin-to-skin contact. The incubation period of MRSA is often less than 10 days, especially if the infection enters broken skin or damaged mucous membranes.  Without proper treatment, what may begin as small red bumps may quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses that require surgical draining. If left untreated, MRSA may become life-threatening.  

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Complications Related to MRSA in Texas Nursing Homes

It’s crucial to detect and treat MRSA during the early stages to slow down the progression of the disease. There are a few warning signs to look out for, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Malaise
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Rash
  • Shortness of breath

MRSA may enter your bloodstream through a catheter, or medical tube in your vein, such as a “central line,” which may have been inserted in the hospital. This causes an MRSA bloodstream infection, which often requires IV antibiotics to treat. If MRSA gets into your bloodstream, it can cause infections in other organs of your body - like your heart, which is called endocarditis. It can also cause sepsis, which is the body’s overwhelming response to infection. If these conditions occur and are not treated, death may occur.

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    MRSA Due to Nursing Home Neglect

    Nursing home staff members are prone to not recognizing the symptoms of MRSA or take adequate precautions to prevent it for a number of reasons. Understaffing is the most common reason of neglect that doesn’t just result in MRSA but a host of other nursing home injuries.  

    The cost of staff is usually the biggest line item in a nursing home’s budget. To save money and improve their bottom-line, nursing home owners often run their facilities with fewer staff members than necessary to meet the care needs of the residents. Without adequate resources, nursing home employees are forced to pull double shifts. Lack of decent pay, demanding work, and long hours doesn’t make working in a nursing home very attractive to potential caregivers. Tasks and care get spread thin when a long-term care facility is short-staffed. This can easily lead to injury and infection outbreaks among the residents. 

    Legal Consequences for Infections in Texas Nursing Homes

    Experts agree that nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are among the most likely places for contracting MRSA infections. An abundance of invasive medical devices, combination of weak immune systems, and a steady stream of visitors make these settings ideal breeding ground for MRSA and staph infections.

    MRSA can cause long-term and permanent injuries in seniors – if it doesn’t kill them first. If someone you love has suffered injuries due to nursing home negligence, compensation can help pay for medical treatments and other expenses incurred as a result of the neglect and abuse.  

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