Nursing Home Settles Due To Patient's Pressure Ulcer Deterioration
A 79 year old male patient was admitted to a nursing home. At the time of his admission, he was totally dependent on the nursing home’s staff for all activities of daily living. The patient did not have any pressure ulcers when he was admitted.
Nursing home staff permitted the patient to develop a pressure ulcer on his sacrum and permitted the pressure ulcer to deteriorate. Nursing home staff was ordered to provide the patient with a pressure-relieving mattress. The nursing home failed to provide the patient with the pressure-relieving mattress for over one month.
The nursing home also did not obtain wound vac therapy for the patient until yet another month had passed. Even then, the patient’s wound vac therapy stopped prematurely because the nursing home lacked proper supplies. In the interim, the nursing home permitted the patient to develop a pressure ulcer on his left inner heel.
The patient’s sacral pressure ulcer deteriorated further and was documented to have dimensions of 7.2 cm x 4. 9 cm x 2 cm, undermining of 3.4 cm, and infection. The patient’s family requested the nursing home to have the patient evaluated at the wound clinic. The nursing home staff agreed, but did not thereafter have him evaluated at a wound clinic.
The patient’s family removed him from the nursing home and brought him home, where he continued to receive care until his death. The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the nursing home for failing to prevent and treat the pressure ulcers and infection. We were able to obtain a substantial settlement for the family, which the nursing home demanded be kept confidential.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Mon, March 17, 2014
by Melissa Small