Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, Senior daycare’s, and other professional care facilities use feeding tubes on a daily basis. A feeding tube is a medical equipment that medical professionals use for patients or residents that have been ordered to use one for a number of different reasons. The main reason for having a feeding tube is to provide the user with sufficient nutrients that are essential for maintaining their bodies, regardless of why the PEG tube was needed in the first place. Many people, once they reach a certain age, have conditions and problems that interfere with the bodies motor skills, including eating and swallowing. In addition, some people might suddenly need a feeding tube after suffering from an accident. There are so many scenarios that can render a person dependent upon a feeding tube in order to survive, but not only will they need the feeding tube, they will need a health care provider that is constantly monitoring them and caring for the tubes maintenance.
When a feeding tube is not cleaned or used properly, the patient or resident could suffer many damages, the most common being infections like pneumonia. An infection like pneumonia on an elder resident could be fatal. Their systems are not strong enough to combat the infection and they might even develop sepsis as a result. Feeding tube malpractice lawyers in St. Petersburg are concerned for the many individuals that are currently using PEG tubes and are not being cared for properly. Sadly, those who use a feeding tube have a 25% chance to contract an infection as a result of negligence.
How PEG Tube Negligence Could Lead to Problems
Feeding tubes should be providing patients and residents with a sense of hope that they will get better. Sadly, when used with negligence, it could create them more problems than resolutions to their current issues. Some actions that may lead to PEG tube negligence include:
- Insufficient cleaning of the feeding tube
- PEG tube failing to be monitored to ensure quality
- Defective equipment
- Medical staff lacking experience with feeding tube
- Inappropriate feedings are given through the tube
Nursing Home Information with Feeding Tubes
- PEG tubes will be used on about 54 residents per every 1,000
- In our nation, about 34% of elders use feeding tubes
The personal injury firm in St. Petersburg of Percy Martinez for feeding tube malpractice has managed many cases of malpractice that have affected the lives of elder residents. Unfortunately, those who care for residents are human and are capable of committing medical negligence’s and other forms of negligence. In some extreme cases, abuse has even been detected. The firm is aggressively fighting against these facilities and striving for a better tomorrow for their clients.