CDC Reports Contaminated Syringes May Cause Blood Infections in Nursing Homes

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) recently investigated and reported on a multistate outbreak of blood infections, primarily among residents of long-term care and rehabilitation facilities receiving intravenous (IV) fluids and antibiotics through central venous catheters. State health department inspectors found that the potential source of the rampant infections may have been contaminated prefilled saline flush syringes. Nurse Assist, a Texas-based company, manufactures the syringes, and in response to the infections, immediately voluntarily recalled and removed all of these syringes. All in all, the bloodstream infections occurred in 59 different long-term care facilities in five states: New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Thus far, facilities in the state of New York have reported the most infections. At least six people with the infections have died, although it is unclear whether their deaths are solely attributable to the infection or resulted from another cause.

The CDC has advised any other facilities that use any type of Nurse Assist syringe to immediately stop using them and report potential infections to state and local health departments. Symptoms of the resulting blood disease may include chills, clammy skin, fever, disorientation, shortness of breath, and increase heart rate.

Rampant infections are not only extremely serious, but they can be deadly, particularly for patients of long-term care facilities who already are vulnerable to physical ailments and other types of infections. Boller & Vaughan knows the devastation that can occur when infections in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities go unchecked, whether it is due to contaminated medication or fluids, or the improper hygiene procedures of nursing home staff. Fortunately, we have the knowledge and the experience to help you through any type of elder abuse or neglect claim, particularly when injury results from a wholly preventable infection. No matter what type of nursing home facility abuse or neglect is at issue in your case, we can help. All too often, residents and their families are reluctant to demand justice for situations that occurred in the resident’s care. In this situation, you can count on your Madison elderly abuse attorneys to guide you through every step of the personal injury claims process.