This article will provide you with a broad picture of what pressure ulcers and bed sores are, and why you should be concerned about them. While it is an unpleasant topic to discuss, it is much worse to witness the development of bed sores on a loved one which can lead to infection and death.
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ILLINOIS NURSING HOME SUED IN DEATH
July 19, 2007
The Chicago Tribunereports that the daughter if an 82 year old woman who died in a Lemont, IL nursing home has filed a lawsuit alleging that the facility did not provide adequate supervision to prevent a fall that she claims led to her mother’s death.
Other allegations in the suit include neglect, failure to identify and treat and infection and failure to protect Minnie Burger from physical abuse inflicted by another patient. Teresa Thorps’ attorney, Steven Levin, of Levin & Perconti, is quoted “It is crucial that nursing homes that accept elderly residents who are at risk for falls come up with a plan to prevent falls.” Thorp is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages.
POLICE REPORT: NURSING HOME OWNER TAKES $60K FROM RESIDENT
July 19, 2007
In a report released by police in Anderson, South Carolina, it is announced that the owner of Connie’s Residential Home cashed two social security checks totaling $60,000 written to a resident in the home. Connie McCurry, 63, was charged with unlawful exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The family of the man whose checks were taken has moved him to another nursing home.
ARIZONA SURGEON SUSPENDED
July 19, 2007
In an article on Medical News Today, consumers are warned to check their physicians credentials due to the suspension of an Arizona doctor.
– Graduate from an accredited medical school – Complete a combination of at least five years of general surgery and plastic surgery residency training – Pass comprehensive oral and written exams.
Doctors that are ASPS certified are also required to attend continuing education classes and adhere to a strict code of ethics.
Always do your homework and check out your doctor, especially if you are having elective surgery and have time to check them out even more thoroughly! Be in charge of your own care and those that are performing services for you. When it comes to your health, there should be no shortcuts!
RECOGNIZING NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT
July 18, 2007
Many of our posts are about abuse and neglect that happen in nursing homes. You may be wondering, “How do I know if my loved one is being abused or neglected?” We have an article that may help. Among the many articles written by our attorneys, there is an article entitled “Recognizing Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect.” While this article cannot include all forms of abuse and neglect, it can be a good starting point for realizing what is going on with your loved one.
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TEXAS NURSING HOME LOCKS WOMAN OUT AFTER RAPE
July 16, 2007
According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, a nursing home in Texas City kicked out a mentally disabled woman after she made a rape charge against an employee of the home. The man was later charged with sexual assault.
The lawsuit, filed by the mother of the woman (named Jane Doe 1 in the lawsuit), accuses HRA Village of locking the woman out of the nursing home facility after a rape kit administered by the University of Texas Medical Center came back positive. The lawsuit says that Henry Lewis Jones, 54, targeted the daughter (named Jane Doe 2 in the lawsuit) after she reported other sexual assault acts she witnessed. He assaulted Jane Doe 2 several times between march and July 2006. Jane Doe 2 was only taken to UTMB for an examination after her mother insisted. The suit also claims that HRA Village failed to report the allegation of abuse to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. The HRA Village Executive Director said she had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ website shows that HRA Village was cited for failing to report abuse incidents and for failing to prevent the use of seclusion and restraint as forms of punishment.
In Amite, Louisiana, a Judge ruled against their mayor, Dr. Reggie Goldsby, who doubles as a general practitioner in Amite. The suit was file by Tanya Hendry Sparks on behalf of her father, Marion Hendry, who passed away November 28, 2003.
The suit alleges that Goldsby’s care of Hendry was below applicable standards of care. Records say that Goldsby failed to properly monitor and treat Hendry’s high blood sugar levels, prescribed high doses of steroids to a diabetic, failed to properly work up and follow his patients, failed to monitor and treat Hendry’s dehydration, failed to monitor and treat his Coumadin levels and in general, permitted Hendry’s condition to deteriorate to the point of death.
Hendry was a retired high school teacher who was independent, lived on his own and suffered from no confusion. He was admitted for Goldsby’s diagnosis of “cellulitis” and osteoarthritis on his right wrist. Hendry’s daughter had him transferred to North Oaks Medical Center after his blood pressure dropped so low that Hendry became brain damaged. North Oaks Medical Center also found that Hendry’s wrist was actually fractured. Because of the brain damage, Hendry was institutionalized and later died.
The jury award Sparks $814,079 on behalf of her late father.
In an article from the Washington Post, the author states “A surprisingly large number of hospital patients run the risk of a potentially fatal vein clot, but half of them aren’t getting preventative treatment.”
The condition is called venous thromboembolism (VTE) and involves the formation of blood clots inside a vein. VTE may be a bigger threat than anyone has previously realized. VTEs can block blood vessels in the leg (deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). Dr. Frederick A. Anderson, Jr. is the director of the Center for Outcomes Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the lead researcher for a project that studied the risk of patients in the hospital for VTE.
He is quoted “We looked at 38 million discharges in a database for US hospitals and found that about one of every three people in a hospital bed in the United States arguable should be protected against VTE because they have a risk.” His team published their report in the July issue of the American Journal of Hematology. “The risk is highest for people undergoing orthopedic surgery, such as hip or knee replacement…About 9 of every 10 orthopedic surgery patients are at risk.”
The author ends the article with Dr. Anderson’s quote, “Preventing VTE after hospital stays could have a significant public health impact. Here we have a preventable cause of death in hospital patients, and we should be trying to prevent it.”
While elder abuse is usually the abuse of residents by staff, it can also include abuse of residents by their peers (meaning other residents). An article on MSNBC quotes Dr. Mark Lachs of Cornell University “I personally think…that it’s far more prevalent than any other form of interpersonal aggression that you see in older people.”
Dr. Lachs is the lead author of the study about this type of abuse. While he has seen plenty of evidence of the problem, and the nursing home workers can attest to it, for some reason it is not “on the radar screen.” Most cases involve two residents physically assaulting each other, and most times, it is not malicious but due to dementia and confusion in one or both parties.
More research needs to be done regarding peer abuse and its triggers but the problem raises the question of whether people with dementia should be housed together in the general nursing home population.
According to an article on MSN, heart attack patients are more likely to survive the month if they go to a hospital which is ranked as “America’s Best” by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Oliver Wang and his colleagues at Yale University analyzed 30-day death rates for patients of 50 hospitals ranked on the US News list as compared to death rates for patients admitted to hospitals which did not make the list.
The authors concluded, “The U.S. News & World Report ranking, which includes many of the national’s most prestigious hospitals, did identify a group of hospitals that was much more likely than non-ranked hospitals to have superb performance on 30-day mortality after acute myocardial infarction. … However, our study also revealed that not all ranked hospitals had outstanding performance, and that many non-ranked hospitals performed well.”
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