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Necrotizing Fasciitis (Flesh-Eating Disease Infection)

Skin Infections That Can Kill Necrotizing Fasciitis is a serious, flesh-eating bacterial infection. The bacteria that causes Necrotizing Fasciitis can enter into the body through any wound or tear or…
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Coumadin (Warfarin) Overdose

What is warfarin? Names:  Warfarin, Coumadin, and Jantoven are different names or brand names for the same medication. Warfarin is an anticoagulant.  Although warfarin is sometimes referred to as a “blood…
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First and Second Degree Burns In Nursing Homes

Burns Injuries in Nursing Homes Elderly nursing home residents are vulnerable to burns. Because their skin is thinner, burns tend to cause more damage and injury. Burn injuries affect skin…
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Nursing Home Bed Rail Injury Death

Nursing Home Strangulation and Suffocation Injury Nursing home bed safety rails are inherently hazardous. According to the FDA there was over 900 incidents where patients and residents were entrapped, entangled…
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Number of Nursing Homes in the United States

Quick Statistics Number of nursing homes: 15,600 (2014) Proportion of nursing homes with for-profit ownership: 69.8% (2014) Number of licensed beds: 1.7 million (2014) Number of residents: 1.4 million (2014)…
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Aspiration Pneumonia

Inhaling Foreign Substances Can Cause Serious Health Problems Other Names: Anaerobic Pneumonia; Aspiration of vomitus; Aspiration Pneumonitis; Chemical Pneumonitis; Necrotizing Pneumonia Aspiration pneumonia is a complication of pulmonary aspiration (inhalation)…
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Nursing Home Falls Resulting in Death

1,000 Elderly Nursing Home Patients Die From Falls Each Year in the United States According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, approximately 1,000 elderly nursing home…
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Nursing Home–Acquired Pneumonia (NHAP)

Nursing home–acquired pneumonia (NHAP) is any pneumonia infection that is contracted by anyone living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility. Nursing home–acquired pneumonia (NHAP) is very dangerous.…
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Nursing Home Diabetic Care Complications

Diabetes Basics To fuel our bodies, most of the food (particularly carbohydrates) we eat is turned into glucose (also commonly referred to as blood sugar).  Glucose is very important for…
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Respiratory Tract Infections—Pneumonia and Influenza

People ages 65 years and older are very susceptible to contracting and dying from pneumonia and the flu. In fact, people ages 65 years and older account for 71% to…
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Gastrointestinal Infections— C. difficile

C. difficile spores are resilient and very difficult to kill and remove from these surfaces. Detergent-based cleaners are not capable of killing C. difficile spores. Nursing homes must use a…
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Nursing Home Bedsores Causing Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis Symptoms, Diagnosing and Treatment Osteomyelitis is a bone infection that is commonly associated with bedsores. It may seem as if bones are pretty inaccessible to foreign objects like bacteria;…
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Nursing Home Shower Fall Accidents

Even when precautions are taken, other seemingly harmless actions can result in serious transfer injuries when helping residents and patients in and out of bathtubs and showers.   As with many…
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Bedsores Resulting in Foot Amputations

Complete or partial foot amputations are typically performed as a result of injury or trauma, infection, ischemia, birth defects, disorders (such as Toxic Shock Syndrome), diabetes, or a combination. They…
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Nursing Home Bedsores Causing Death

Sometimes a nursing home is liable for your loved one’s injuries and their resulting complications, including death. When a nursing home neglects patient needs, including their medical needs related to…
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Pressure Sore on Heel

Bedsores (also known pressure sores and decubitus ulcers) are a serious problem facing the elderly population, especially those living in nursing homes. In fact, an article in the National Institutes…
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Nursing Home Bedsores Causing Gangrene

Gangrene typically attacks people with low blood circulation. Diabetes and peripheral vascular disease are examples of two conditions that cause low blood pressure. Nursing home residents that have these conditions…
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Pressure Sores / Bedsores on Sacrum/Sacral

Bedsores (also known pressure sores and decubitus ulcers) are a serious problem facing the elderly population, especially those living in nursing homes. In fact, an article in the National Institutes…
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Nursing Home Bedsores Causing Sepsis

Anyone can be infected with sepsis, which is also known as septicemia or a blood infection. In fact, the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (“NIGMS”) states that over a…
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Bedsores Resulting in Below the Knee Amputations / Transtibial Amputation

Information About Transtibial Amputation There are roughly 2 million people in the United States living with a limb loss. The most common age group associated with transtibial amputations is 65 years…
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Bedsores Resulting in Ankle Amputations

Information About Ankle Amputations Ankle amputations, or disarticulation of the ankle, involves removal of the foot at the ankle while preserving the heel pad in a procedure known as Syme's…
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Nursing Home Malnutrition

Inadequate Nursing Home Staffing Puts Elderly Patients at Higher Risk of Starvation by Malnutrition Not all nursing home neglect and abuse involves visible scars, physical abuse, or telltale signs like…
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Nursing Home Feeding Tube Complication Accidents

Elder Abuse Attorneys Serving Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire Certain conditions may present themselves in elderly patients that make it impossible for them to consume food on their own. In…
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Pressure Sores (Bedsores, Pressure Ulcer, Decubitus Ulcers)

The Elderly Are Susceptible to Painful, Even Deadly Sores, Ulcers, and Infections The elderly nursing home population is very susceptible to developing pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, pressure sores…
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Nursing Home Urinary Tract Infections

Nursing Home Patient Urinary Tract Infections May Be a Warning Sign of Negligent Care or Sexual Abuse Many nursing home facilities are chronically understaffed. Lack of staff leads to lack…
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Nursing Home Elopement

Massachusetts Nursing Home Neglect and Elder Abuse Personal Injury Attorneys, Free Consultation. No fee if no recovery. Elopement and Wandering:  How nursing home neglect can put seniors' lives in serious…
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Nursing Home Choking Accidents and Dysphagia

Massachusetts Nursing Home Neglect and Elder Abuse Personal Injury Attorneys, Free Consultation. No fee if no recovery. Was your loved one a victim of a choking accident at a nursing…
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