Gangrene is a serious medical condition that may cause complications ranging from minor scarring to the debridement or amputation of the affected body part. In some cases, the bacterial infection that caused gangrene may reach the bloodstream, which can ultimately lead to death.
There are many ways doctors diagnose gangrene. For instance, blood tests can be done to determine the level of white blood cells in the body. An increased level of white blood cells could mean your body is fighting against an infection. Imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) scan, and X-ray, may also be helpful in determining the presence and extent of gangrene.
With proper training, adequate staff, and attentive nursing care, gangrene cases in long term care facilities are completely preventable. If you believe your loved one has developed gangrene or any other medical condition due to a nursing home’s inability to provide adequate care, our team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you file a nursing home neglect claim against the offending party. Call our Appleton office at (414) 271-0900 and tell us more about your situation.