Numerous elderly residents in nursing homes are prescribed blood thinners
such as Coumadin to treat conditions such as deep vein thrombosis and
prevent against strokes. While these anti-coagulant medications can provide
considerable medical benefits, their regular use by the elderly can also
introduce certain unforeseen dangers.
As many people are aware, the risk of falls is the primary safety issue
for elderly residents in nursing homes. When an older person falls, they
can suffer serious bone fractures – usually to the hip – or
head trauma upon impact with the ground. These types of injuries can be
made considerably worse in the event that a patient has been taking blood
thinners, as their blood will be unable to clot and stop the bleeding.
Since broken hips almost always require surgery to be corrected, doctors
are then forced to wait until the blood thinners have completely cleared
from a person’s body before operating. Otherwise, the patient would
likely bleed to death on the operating table. Blood thinners can cause
head trauma from falls to result in serious internal bleeds, causing blood
to pool within the skull and damage the surrounding tissues. The more
blood that accumulates, the higher the risk of death.
While certain medicines designed to quickly reverse the effects of blood
thinners do exist, many of them are still in development and are inaccessible
to members of the public. If your loved one is taking blood thinners and
is in a nursing home, it is imperative that nursing home staff take extra
precautions against falls and monitor your loved one’s dosage carefully.
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If your loved one has suffered a fall in a nursing home, you may have grounds
to seek compensation on their behalf from the responsible parties. At
the Law Office of James R. Snell, our knowledgeable
Columbia personal injury lawyer is highly skilled in the areas of both
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