In Wyoming and other states, being admitted to a hospital, nursing home or other assisted living or medical care facility places people at risk for infection. Prevention programs may help decrease the number of nursing home negligence situations involving preventable infections that continue to occur throughout the nation. Patients can often be proactive in their own care regimes, which in some cases may help them avoid injury.
The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at most risk for infections. Those who are age 80 and above often have weakened immune systems as part of the aging process. The fact that they are in their later years of life and have less immunity increases the chances that they will contract infection, especially if those caring for them are not acting according to the highest level of accepted patient safety standards.