Monitoring insulin levels is simply a way of life for diabetics; if they fail to correctly monitor their insulin levels, then the medical consequences for them can be severe. Typically, diabetics are well-educated as to how to properly maintain their insulin levels, as well as how to prevent any harm that can occur from insulin levels being too high or too low. There may come a point, however, when an individual is no longer to monitor and maintain insulin levels on his or her own.
A large percentage of diabetics are elderly, and many of them require the care that only a nursing home or assisted living facility can offer. Part of that standard of care is ensuring that residents’ insulin levels remain within normal limits and avoid the complications that can come with a lack of insulin in their bodies.
For example, diabetic ketoacidosis is a condition that can occur when a resident has insufficient insulin in his or her body, which leads to a sharp increase in blood sugar levels, which, in turn, can lead to unconsciousness, and, if not quickly treated, even death.
Not only do nursing home staff members need to monitor insulin levels closely, but they also need to look for warning signs in patients of diabetic ketoacidosis and other medical conditions, which might include confusion, weakness, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, and frequent urination.
When the nursing home that is charged with a resident’s care fails to provide a reasonable standard of care for a patient, such as allowing insulin levels in a resident to become abnormal, there is strong evidence that some sort of negligence occurred.
If you or a loved one suffered damages as a result of substandard care or a complete lack of care by a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Call Boller & Vaughan today and learn how our Wisconsin nursing home abuse attorneys can advocate on your behalf.