Nursing home residents rely on the home to attend to their individual medical needs. Many nursing home residents are diabetics, and if a nursing home fails to properly monitor the blood sugar levels of patients, serious health consequences can result. In serious cases, the patient may even fall into a coma or pass away. If a nursing home fails to properly monitor a diabetic’s medical condition, the nursing home can be held liable for medical malpractice.
A diabetic does not have the ability to efficiently process sugar. In order to process sugar, insulin is needed. In most cases, diabetics either are resistant to the insulin that their bodies produce, or they do not produce insulin. If they cannot be treated with medications that help the body produce insulin, they may need injections or an insulin pump.
It’s critical that diabetics have their blood sugar monitored regularly to ensure that their blood sugar levels are correct. This can be done with blood sugar testing, which is a simple procedure that takes a drop of blood and a testing meter. Unfortunately, although it is a simple test, in some cases understaffed nursing homes do not properly monitor blood sugar levels of their diabetic patients. If they fail to do so, the results can be deadly.
If you believe that your loved one’s diabetes has not been properly treated by a nursing home, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call to learn more or to schedule a consultation on your case. You can also visit our YouTube channel to learn more.