Could Your Elder Loved One Contract A Disease At A Nursing Home?

This week at the Glen Care nursing home in Mount Olive, North Carolina, investigators revealed that eight patients at the adult care facility were infected with Hepatitis B after staff members at the nursing home neglected to use clean needles on diabetic patients. So far, five of the infected patients have died from the dirty medical equipment. Now the nursing home is facing serious consequences and testing all of their other patients for similar infections.

Is this North Carolina Hepatitis B outbreak a freak accident? Unfortunately, this not the first time elderly patients have died from infections and diseases spread due to the negligence of their nursing home. Just last year, a nursing home infected multiple patients with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and the HIV/AIDS virus after re-using IV bags containing saline solutions.

How do these infections happen? In many cases, nursing homes reuse medical equipment or supplies due to improperly trained staff members, understaffing, or neglectful staff members. In other cases, disease may be spread through contaminated water or food, as took place in 2008 when peanut butter containing salmonella was accidentally given to nursing home patients across the country. In still other cases, unclean nursing home can result in the spread of infection. In still other cases, nursing home patients may be infected with diseases after being sexually assaulted by other nursing home residents or nursing home staff members.

If you believe that your loved one was harmed by a disease or infection because of the negligence of a North Carolina nursing home or nursing home staff member, you should speak with a nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Call us today to schedule a free, confidential meeting.