TYPES OF NURSING HOME NEGLECT
I just read an article about a Memphis Tenn. nursing home resident that received 3rd degree burns when hot coffee fell on her. Did the CNA mean to pour hot coffee on the lady? I seriously doubt it- but her carelessness, caused the resident great pain – physical and emotional, damages, and sadly, she died within a few weeks.
Most nursing home negligence cases do not stem out of intentional acts (although there have been some…) they are accidents. Preventable accidents: Medication overdoses; Solid foods given to someone with soft diet orders; blood sugar levels not being checked; formation of pressure ulcers; dehydration; falls; bed rail accidents; wheelchair accidents; someone allowed to leave the building unattended; Someone given the wrong medication or no medication… Be aware, it is nursing home “accidents” that cause the most damage!