Patient is Victim of Medication Errors and Weight Loss; Central Virginia Nursing Home Settles
A 55-year-old patient with chronic renal insufficiency was administered Indocin (Indomethacin) in error by a Central Virginia nursing home three times daily for approximately six weeks, prompting acute renal failure that hospitalized her for several weeks. The nursing home also, during this period, did not monitor her hydration status. On admission to the nursing home, the patient also weighed 324 pounds and was placed on a controlled weight loss program that called for her to lose one to three pounds per month. In the two months before she was hospitalized for the episode of acute renal failure, the nursing home permitted her to lose 48.4 pounds, or 14.9% of her body weight, all but six pounds of which was unplanned. The case settled for mid six figures. The settlement terms are confidential at the nursing home's request.
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 Wed, January 30, 2008
by Robert Carter