Cataclysmic Healthcare Scenario Could Kill Thousands
The Centers for Disease Control Announced that a “Nightmare” Bacteria Which is Resistant to Antibiotic Exists in 27 States
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced recently that they discovered a bacteria that is resistant to all known antibiotics. This strain of bacteria, which is most commonly found in hospitals and nursing homes has invaded 27 states in the U.S. so far. Approximately half of the people infected with these so-called “superbugs” die as a restful of the uncontrollable infection. People with chronic illnesses and the elderly are at the highest risk of death from an infection caused by a superbug. Consequently, nursing homes and hospitals must be alert and quickly identify people infected by the resilient bacteria and take immediate steps to prevent the spread of the disease.
The Georgia nursing home injury lawyers with Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, have committed themselves to seeking justice for nursing home residents who were injured or died from another’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional act in a nursing home. As the population of the U.S. ages, we must rely on the nursing home industry to care for our older relatives and friends who require specialized care that goes beyond that which their family can provide. Therefore, nursing homes play a valuable role in today’s society.
Recognizing the value of the services nursing homes provide does not give them immunity from wrongdoing. On the contrary, nursing home staff and administrators have a duty to care for their patients. At Montlick & Associates, our Georgia nursing home injury lawyers work hard to make sure that nursing homes and hospitals adhere to the standard of care required of them by Georgia law. Our Georgia nursing home injury attorneys are the watchdogs of the nursing home industry in Georgia. We are eager to put our experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled lawyers to work for you and your family in pursuit of justice and holding those who contributed to your loved one’s injury or death and hold them accountable for their wrongdoing.
The CDC put nursing homes and hospitals on notice that their patients are in grave danger from an infection caused by a superbug. Medical facilities must take affirmative steps to prevent the spread of these bacteria. The cells identified by the CDC are not ordinary bacteria. They are resistant to antibiotics because of their genetic structure. The genetic structure of these cells makes them resistant to virtually every known medical treatment. These mutant germs spread the genes which make them resistant to medication to other bacteria, making them resistant to antibiotics. That is the nightmare scenario the CDC is justifiably worried about.
Doctors, nurses, attendants, and staff in hospitals and nursing homes help distribute these bacteria throughout their healthcare facility unknowingly. The CDC warns that healthcare workers who never fall ill can contaminate other individuals whose immune systems cannot ward off the infection, such as the elderly, patients with lower immunity, and the chronically ill. Therefore, patients such as those undergoing chemotherapy are at an elevated risk for contracting the nightmare bacteria.
Infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria can be kept to a minimum or eliminated according to the CDC. The agency experienced success stopping the spread of the deadly bacteria with aggressive action in the early stages of an infection. The CDC expressed concern that a patient could become infected with the nightmare bacteria and then transfer it to another healthcare facility.
Now that healthcare facilities are on notice of the possible spread of nightmare bacteria and the CDC’s game plan to prevent infestation, the healthcare facilities have a duty to their patients to make sure they do not fall ill and die from an infection caused by a superbug.
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