Nursing Home Patient Allowed to Fall When Exiting Shower; Nursing Home Settles
An elderly female nursing home patient who was ambulatory, but required assistance with bathing and toileting, was allowed by the supervising nursing home aide to fall when exiting the shower. The aide did not provide the patient with proper supervision or safety measures for exiting the shower. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a comminuted fracture of the right wrist and an intertrochanteric fracture of the right hip. The right hip fracture required open reduction and internal fixation surgery. Four days later, the patient required open reduction and internal fixation surgery for the right wrist. The patient recovered without complications and returned to her pre-fall status within several months after the fall.
The nursing home settled the case for a six figure amount. The exact amount of the settlement is confidential at the nursing home’s request.
Posted on Fri, September 7, 2012
by Kristie Pierce