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Urinary Infections in Patients with Catheters in Michigan Nursing Homes

Our nursing home neglect lawyers represent residents who develop serious urinary tract infections (UTI) in a nursing home in Michigan.  Urinary tract infections in patients with catheters are a serious and common cause of infection and bacteria in hospitalized patients.  Statistics show that the incidence of these infections in hospitals and nursing homes is greater than one million cases each year.

The unfortunate fact is that the risk of bacteria in residents with an indwelling catheter increase by 3% to 10% each day the catheter is in place.  This makes it much more likely that the nursing home resident will develop a urinary tract infection the greater number of consecutive days that the catheter remains unchanged.  These infections can cause serious medical conditions, including sepsis, and if undiagnosed or untreated can cause the death of the resident.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections

Depending on the individual, symptoms of a urinary tract infection can range. When residents in a nursing home have a UTI,  they will often demonstrate symptoms which  include:

  • 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

In urinary tract infections of that affect the kidney, residents have signs and symptoms which include high fever, shaking and chills, nausea and vomiting, and upper back and side pain.  Infections of the bladder and urethra often have symptoms of pain in the area, blood in the urine, and burning with urination.

Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections

It is essential that nursing home physicians and staff recognize the signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection.  Treatment for a UTI typically includes antibiotic medications that are effective in fighting off the bacteria.  A patient may be placed on a regiment of medications until the infection clears.  Nursing home patients are often hospitalized until the infection resolves.

Failure to Treat a Urinary Tract Infection

The failure to timely diagnose the condition and begin treatment can have devastating results, especially in geriatric patients who already have other conditions that make it even more difficult for their bodies to fight off infection.  When a nursing home resident is not properly treated for a urinary infection and suffers serious harm, or even death, it can give rise to a nursing home negligence lawsuit. 

Our No Fee Promise for Michigan Urinary Tract Infection Cases

Our nursing home neglect lawyers represent patients and their families in cases involving the failure to prevent, diagnose, or treat urinary tract infections. We will represent you in your Michigan nursing home abuse and neglect case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!

Contact a Michigan Nursing Home Infection Lawyer

If you or a family member suffered a urinary tract infection or catheter injury in a Michigan nursing home should contact the Michigan nursing home neglect law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.  immediately. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan nursing lawyers about your case.