Throughout Maryland long term care facilities such as nursing homes many residents suffer from lung disease of some sort. This can be Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema or Reactive Airway Disease. This is because COPD is caused by smoking. Many people who now make up the elderly population of Maryland smoked when they were younger. The effort to reduce smoking is recent and ill-conceived as vaping is as harmful as smoking. If your loved one has lung disease or COPD, they will need specific care in a nursing home facility. If they do not get the care and medication they require injury due to abuse, negligence or malpractice can result. Speaking with our Maryland lung disease injury lawyers is a wise move.
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Lung Disease In Maryland Nursing Home Residents
The most common type of lung disease is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is also known as COPD and usually the end result of years of smoking. Damage to the lungs from years of smoking cannot be undone. COPD is a mix between two different diseases: bronchitis & emphysema. Chronic bronchitis gets diagnosed when the lung airways get inflamed. Mucus forms, making it hard for the individual to breathe. When the tiny air sacs that allow air to move in and out from your lungs get damaged, they don’t work properly. They no longer stretch as much as they should. This is called emphysema, and it causes the individual to feel short of breath. To know how to treat COPD, you should know preventative measures that your loved one should take. These measures can lessen the pain and discomfort they may be in.
Maryland nursing homes do not allow residents to smoke so quitting smoking is the first step your loved one must take. This alone can improve the quality of their life and health. It can also serve to stop COPD from worsening. There are also many medicines that physicians may prescribe to lessen the symptoms. An oxygen treatment may be needed if symptoms get particularly bad.
COPD Care & Nursing Home Neglect
When admitting a loved one with lung disease, emphysema or COPD into a nursing home, you expect them to get cared for. A contract is even signed between you and the nursing home outlining the care they will receive. The nursing home staff should make the resident feel comfortable. They should do anything in their power to lessen the resident’s symptoms. Failure to do the following things will result in neglect and abuse by the staff to COPD residents:
- Failure to check a resident’s activity such as smoking. People who suffer from COPD should quit smoking immediately.
- Failure to help a resident with daily chores that cause them to feel short of breath. These tasks include laundry, cooking, and cleaning.
- Inability to do breath training and oxygen treatments with the resident.
- Failure to administer medication in the proper manner and at the right times.
- Failure to provide the resident with the proper healthy meals to keep them at a proper weight.
- Inability to hook up residents to the mechanical ventilation machines properly.
- Failure to administer antibiotics prescribed to the resident. This can result in the resident getting pneumonia. People who suffer from COPD are at high risk for pneumonia.
If your loved one is admitted to a nursing home, make sure to watch out for signs of neglect and abuse. If symptoms of COPD worsen, it would be wise to investigate the matter. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a progressive disease that will get worse over time. But, nursing home staff should do everything they can to manage COPD. If your loved one is cared for, your loved one should have good quality of life. If the staff fails to provide your loved one with the treatment that they need, remove them from the home.
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