Diabetes is a serious condition and it is the responsibility of nursing facilities to attend to the needs of each patient. If a nursing home fails to monitor the blood glucose levels of diabetic patients, those patients could become severely ill or even pass away.
Diabetes is the inability of the body to process sugar in an effective manner, which can result in high blood glucose levels. Insulin is required for the use of glucose by the body’s cells, and diabetics are unable to produce enough insulin. Therefore, diabetics take medications to lower the body’s resistance to insulin. They may need daily injections or to use an insulin pump. In order to stay healthy, diabetics must be monitored regularly to ensure that their blood glucose levels are properly balanced.
If a diabetic resident at a nursing home fails to receive proper monitoring or care, the nursing home can be held legally liable. Some symptoms of unmonitored glucose levels include fatigue, changes in mood, unconsciousness, confusion, infections, damage to the liver or kidneys, feet ulcers, and nerve damage.
If your loved one has been harmed because of the failure of a nursing home to properly manage his or her diabetes, you may be entitled to compensation. If you are in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our team can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on LinkedIn.