Dehydration is one of the common illnesses that nursing home residents may be susceptible to and could lead to death. This alone could very well signal nursing home malpractice. In West Virginia, if you suspect your loved one has been victimized in a nursing home you should consult a Bridgeport medical malpractice lawyer for legal guidance.
Causes of Dehydration in a Nursing Home
When elderly residents in a nursing home lack the necessary bodily fluid content for daily functioning, they become dehydrated. As a result, organ systems will gradually begin to shut down.
Common causes of dehydration include the following:
- fluid loss because of diarrhea, fever, or infections;
- side effects of diuretics and other medication;
- inadequate fluid intake;
- decreased thirst sensation; and
- kidneys' decreased ability to concentrate urine.
Residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's or any other form of dementia will often forget to consume liquids, and changes in a resident's cognitive status could increase the risk of dehydration.
However, the professionals employed at nursing homes have a duty to ensure that the Alzheimer's patient drinks water, that the resident on diuretics consume enough fluid, and that the patient who isn't thirsty be given foods high in water content.
When nursing homes breach their duty of care, you can fight back with a Bridgeport medical malpractice claim to show that nursing home malpractice in West Virginia will not be tolerated.
Contacting a Bridgeport Medical Malpractice Attorney
If your loved one has suffered injuries as a result of nursing home malpractice in West Virginia, call the medical malpractice attorneys at The Miley Legal Group for a FREE consultation - 304-326-1800.