Speedy intervention can prevent many life-threatening complications. When the patient does not receive the right treatment, the membrane that covers the lungs can get inflamed and start to swell, allowing fluid to enter. When this has happened, it might be necessary to remove the fluid by using a needle.
Bacteremia is another serious complication. If pneumonia was caused by bacteria, there is a risk that bacteria could enter the bloodstream which can cause the patient’s blood pressure to decrease significantly, leading to possible organ failure.
Unfortunately the elderly are more likely to suffer from pneumonia and possible complications. As their immune systems are not that strong, infection can be worse for them.
Luckily, in most cases, with adequate rest and the right nutrition, pneumonia can be treated at the nursing home. Our staff at Haym Salomon Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Brooklyn closely monitors every patient, and, therefore, should a possible complication occur, we will be ready to adjust the pneumonia treatment.