An inflammatory condition or an infection of the lung is termed as Pneumonia. The common signs and symptoms include a varying severity and combination of a productive or a dry cough, pain in the chest, fever, and difficulty in breathing, depending on the cause.
For Elders, the classification of pneumonia is according to the types of germs that cause it and where you got the infection.
During a hospital stay for another illness, some people can catch pneumonia. It can be a serious case for hospital-acquired pneumonia because the bacteria causing it may be more resistant to antibiotics. There is also a possibility that the people who get it is already sick. Those people who are at high risk of this type of pneumonia are those who use on breathing machines (ventilators) and is often used in intensive care units.
A bacterial infection that transpires in people who live in long-term care facilities or who receive care in outpatient clinics for this type of pneumonia. This can be caused by bacteria that are more resistant to antibiotics for the healthcare-acquired pneumonia type.
Community-acquired pneumonia The most common type of pneumonia is Community-acquired pneumonia. This type of pneumonia transpires outside of hospitals or other healthcare facilities. It may be caused by bacteria, bacteria-like organisms, fungi, and viruses.
It can result in long-term disability or death once misdiagnosis delays treatment. There have been reports of an alarming number of diagnostic errors among patients with common problems despite the serious potential consequences of misdiagnosis and pneumonia is one of these commonly misdiagnosed disorders.
According to some studies, when there is a diagnosis of pneumonia, doctors often fail to use diagnostic standards and criteria when readmitting patients after a period in the hospital for the same illness. As an outrun, needless antibiotic use, growth risk of obtaining different infection in the hospital, and additional charges.
In the latter years, it may occur for elders to find out if they were experiencing the following:
- exacerbation of heart failure
- a blood clot or
- lung cancer
Elders may have recourse for injuries as a result if they were misdiagnosed with pneumonia. Elders may have been hospitalized unnecessarily, placing elders at risk of an iatrogenic injury or infection. The hospital bills, morbidity, and even mortality are the damages included. If elders you know were injured by misdiagnosis, then they might have been the victim of medical negligence or malpractice. There are a number of Law practitioners that specializes in medical malpractice that will handle this case.