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Why Are UTIs So Common in Nursing Homes?

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Exploring the factors contributing to UTIs in nursing home residents

The prevalence of severe health issues among elderly residents in Georgia nursing homes is frequently linked to instances of abuse and neglect. Among these concerns, urinary tract infections (UTIs) stand out as an alarming problem.

If you believe that a loved one developed a UTI due to nursing home negligence, it's crucial to understand your potential legal options. Seeking the guidance of an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer can empower you to take appropriate legal action on their behalf.

What is a UTI?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can manifest in various segments of the urinary system in both men and women, as highlighted by the Mayo Clinic. This intricate system encompasses essential organs like the bladder, urethra, uterus, and kidney. The majority of UTIs are observed in the lower urinary tract, primarily involving the uterus and bladder.

How common are nursing home UTIs?

UTIs are the second-most common infections in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults, according to a nationwide scientific study conducted by physicians at Duke University Medical Center.

In addition, women are more likely to develop a UTI than men, according to the Mayo Clinic. Specifically, 30 percent of women over 85 years old have had a UTI in the past 12 months, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

UTIs are notably prevalent in nursing homes, and researchers attribute this to various factors, with nursing home neglect often being a significant cause. Instances of this neglect include:

  • Greater catheter use in nursing homes compared to the general public, leading to frequent UTIs if catheters are not properly sanitized.
  • Delayed changing of adult diapers or bedsheets, fostering unsanitary conditions that can lead to UTI infections.
  • Understaffing issues in nursing homes, resulting in residents not receiving adequate care and attention.
  • Untrained nursing home staff unable to promptly identify UTIs and other serious medical issues.
  • Inadequate and untimely treatment of other medical conditions, exacerbating the risk of UTIs.
  • Weakened immune systems.
  • Unhygienic living conditions within the nursing home.
  • Insufficient nutrition and hydration, particularly lack of water intake, causing dehydration, UTIs, and other health complications.

How nursing homes can prevent UTIs

To effectively prevent UTIs, nursing homes must take proactive measures and maintain vigilant monitoring of their residents. This entails:

  • Consistently bathing and cleansing nursing home residents.
  • Regularly cleaning and sanitizing the nursing home environment.
  • Timely and hygienic catheter replacement for residents, ensuring cleanliness.
  • Conducting routine medical check-ups to promptly identify UTIs and other medical concerns among nursing home residents.

Legal help is available. Contact Kurle Justus, LLC

At Kurle Justus, LLC in Decatur, Georgia, we are committed to standing up for the rights of nursing home residents and pursuing justice for those who have suffered due to abuse or neglect. Your loved ones deserve the highest standard of care, and we are here to help you fight for their rights and hold responsible parties accountable.

If you suspect that your loved one has a UTI due to nursing home neglect, take action right away. Contact us today to discuss your case and ensure that your family's voice is heard.

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