The Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. nursing home neglect attorneys represent patients who develop serious urinary tract infections (UTI) in a nursing home. Many hospitalized patients who are put on a catheter are at risk for developing urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infections in patients with catheters are a serious cause of infection.  In fact statistics prove, more than one million infections each year are reported in hospitals and nursing homes.

The greater number of consecutive days the catheter remains unchanged, the risk of bacteria in residents increases from 3% to 10%.  That bacteria can develop into urinary tract infection.  Serious medical conditions can develop due to these infections.  One condition that could develop is sepsis, and if undiagnosed or untreated it can cause the death of the resident. Reach out when your loved one sustains harm due to a failure to treat urinary tract infections in Michigan nursing homes.

Urinary Tract Infections Symptoms

The severity of symptoms with urinary tract infection depends on the individual.  Patients who develop UTI, most often demonstrate these symptoms:

  • A strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • Urine that appears red, pink, or a brownish color – a sign that there may be blood in the urine
  • Strong smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain in women
  • Rectal pain in men

When urinary tract infections affect the kidney, residents have signs and symptoms which include:

  • High fever
  • Shaking and chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Upper back and side pain

If infections of the bladder and urethra occur, symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the area
  • Blood in the urine, and burning with urination.

If you suspect the Michigan long term care facility where your loved one resides is not properly treating their UTI, it is important to take action.

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment

It is crucial that nursing home physicians and staff are able to identify the signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection.  Once diagnosed, treatment for a UTI normally consists of antibiotic medications that are effective in fighting off the bacteria.  The patient will often be on this regiment of medications until there are no signs left of the infection.  Patients in nursing homes are often hospitalized until the infection clears.

Urinary Tract Infections Undiagnosed

Diagnosing the condition in a timely manner and beginning treatment is critical and the failure to do so can have devastating results.  Elderly patients who may already have other conditions may have a harder time fighting off an undiagnosed UTI.  A negligence lawsuit can be sought if a Michigan nursing home resident is not property treated for a urinary infection and suffers serious harm, or even death.

Call to Speak with a Michigan Nursing Home Failure to Treat UTI Attorney

Have you or a loved one suffered from an UTI or catheter injury? If so, you should contact the nursing home neglect law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.  immediately!  Call us now  to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about the failure to treat urinary tract infections in Michigan nursing home patients.

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