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The most common cause of decubitus ulcers, otherwise known as bed sores or pressure sores, is lack of mobility. If a person stays immobile in a position for too long, areas of soft tissue are under pressure for long periods of time, which can cause loss of blood circulation to …read more »
Bed sores form when a person lays immobile in the same area for long periods. The skin is pressed against the bone in the body and a hard surface, and the blood circulation to that area is reduced, at which point an ulcer is formed beneath the surface of the …read more »
…Bed sores most often begin as small areas of softened tissue that might be painful to touch. As they develop, they become more painful. An open wound begins to form that resembles a shallow crater, which will only get deeper as the stages progress. The further along a bed soreread more »
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are a common ailment of nursing home patients. When diagnosed with bedsores, it is better to treat a nursing home patient adequately so that they can recover quickly. Many nursing homes have been fined for their gross neglect of their patients’ bed sore issues.…read more »
The elderly are most commonly the victims of neglect and abandonment. When a family admits an elderly loved one in a nursing home, they do so with the hopes that the staff will be able to care for their loved one in a way that they are unable to do. …read more »
Nursing homes lately have been under attack for their lack of care and management with their elderly and immobile patients. Elderly patients, particularly those who have been immobilized due to a debilitating disease, require much care and regulation. Nursing staff are trained professionals who are capable of dealing with the …read more »
A former resident of the Calvin Johnson Care Center in Belleville, IL is suing the facility for $100,000, according to the The Madison Record. The plaintiff, Robert McLean, claims that Calvin Johnson allowed several painful decubitus ulcers… to develop during his stay.
The Record does not state the length of
A recent story from Oklahoma City reminds me again that elder abuse is not only limited to nursing homes.
According to NewsOK.com, police found 57-year-old Deborah Ramirez trapped in her home in June 2010, surrounded by cockroaches and suffering from five bone-deep bed sores…. Her main caretaker was
A recent article in Britain’s Daily Mail says that hospital-acquired bed sores continue to plague England’s National Health System in alarming numbers.
“Bed sores affected 412,000 NHS patients, and killed 4,708 people between 2003 and 2008,” the article states. The Daily Mail obtained its statistics from “Dr. Foster…,”
Medicaid has recently announced that it will no longer reimburse hospitals for “never events,” or 28 preventable conditions that should never happen in a qualified hospital. “Never events” include: falls that result in injury, catheter-related infections and severe bed sores… (also called “pressure ulcers.”) The new rules, mandatedread more »
As a nursing home lawyer…, it makes my day to see new elder care laws being passed. From my experience, I know that many senior citizens sorely need our help – both from a legal standpoint, and from society at large.
So I was disappointed to read about recent
A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that black nursing home patients might be more at risk for developing pressure sores than white patients. Pressure sores, also called decubitus ulcers…, are open wounds that could become deadly if left untreated.
The study, which
Outpatient Surgery— Why Even Relatively Healthy Patients are at Risk for Developing Pressure Sores During Recovery
A resident of Peoria went into St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford for surgery to repair bilateral fractures in the spring of 2003. A year later, he died from complications due to pressure sores after losing the lower part of his left leg as part of the effort to keep…read more »
Two families have recently filed separate bed sore lawsuits against the Madison Manor nursing home in Richmond, Kentucky, saying the facility provided grossly inadequate care for their relatives.
The first lawsuit, filed May 11 by Donna Anderson, says Madison Manor let a severely infected bed sore… develop on her late
A chain of hospitals based in St. Louis set out on a mission in 2007— eliminate any harm befalling patients that could be otherwise prevented. BJC HealthCare noticed that pressure sores accounted for roughly two thirds of the preventable conditions that occurred under the watch of their hospital staffs. While…read more »
…The horrific death of an elderly California woman raises disturbing questions about who’s ultimately responsible for the care of older relatives.
When paramedics found 91-year-old Maria “Concha” Lopez in her home in December 2009, she weighed 35 pounds and was covered in her own feces and urine. She also had
Thomas Dekker called sleep “the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” However, an excess of bed rest is anything but conducive to physical well-being; it can create new problems even as a patient is trying to recuperate from others. Sometimes, people with injuries or conditions preventing them…read more »
A study done by the North Texas Health Care System has revealed that patients have had a bleak outlook whenever they have developed stage four pressure sores. The data suggests that preventing bedsores from developing into stage three or four sores… may be more practical than treating the sores afterread more »
The New York State Supreme Court has awarded $5.4 million to a Staten Island man who suffered from severe bed sores… during a 2006 hospital stay, according to SI Live. The plaintiff, 63-year-old Robert Messina, will receive the majority of payment from the Staten Island University Hospital.
On the morning
A settlement was reached this month between Houghton Lakeview— a nursing home— the state of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services and the family of Jean Rudolph, who died in 2008 from complications due to stage four pressure sores… while under the care of a Houghton Lakeview owned home.read more »
Pressure sores can develop in any patient who is immobilized for a lengthy period of time, but 72% of patients who develop the sores are over 65 years of age. It is for this reason that bedsores are thought to be a medical concern for the elderly only. Anyone who…read more »
Nursing Home Lawyers Sees Ongoing Nursing Home Violations Related To Poor Patient Care– Including Improper Pressure Sore Care
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As nursing home lawyer in Chicago… who regularly represent individuals and families in lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, I am reminded on a daily basis about the ongoing problems facing patients at these facilities. Pressure sores remain not just an inconvenience, but a serious health concern for patients in nursing
In Bryan, Texas, a family is suing Assisted Living Operator Rose Rodriguez for neglect, saying she ignored severe bed sores… that led to a relative’s death. According to WTAW-TV, Rodriguez is being charged with three counts of aggravated perjury, as well as felony theft. The report from WTAW did notread more »
According to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University, a daily skin care regimen might be an elderly patient’s best weapon in warding off bed sores.
Among the study’s findings, which were published on Johns Hopkins’ Web site, www.johnshopkinsmedicine.com…, Johns Hopkins recommends the following preventative steps:
- Inspect all
A study conducted by the Las Vegas Sun found that Nevada hospitals grossly underreport incidences of advanced bed sores…. The two-year study, which analyzed hospital billing data, said that 72 ulcers occurred during 2008-2009 – a 99 percent discrepancy from the one bed sore that “officially” went reported.
When a loved one has a pressure sore…, many families find themselves at loss for interpreting blood lab work and how it relates to the treatment and progression of the wound. Below is a explanation of the interplay between lab studies and pressure sores patients authored by John Baekeread more »
A recent report from Empowher.com says elderly patients with paraplegia are especially susceptible to developing bed sores, or decubitus ulcers…. Empowher defines paraplegia as “paralysis brought on by a severe trauma to the central nervous system.” Traumas, for elderly patients, often involve strokes or falls. People with paraplegia usuallyread more »
A recent study from the Ostomy Wound Management journal claims that the Braden Scale of assessment is extremely effective in diagnosing and preventing bed sores, or decubitus ulcers…. The six-point Braden Scale, which was developed in 1987, assesses patients in the following areas: sensory perception, skin moisture, activity level, abilityread more »
Proper bed sore care often requires the expertise of many people. Doctors, nurses and family members all play a critical role in a patient’s healing. Sometimes, however, certain types of doctors might be especially well-suited to treat decubitus ulcers. In a recent report from Modernmedicine.com…, an Ohio doctorread more »
The Journal Carrier reported on a recently filed Illinois lawsuit against Jacksonville Convalescent Center… involving the death of an 87-year-old man at the facility. According to reports, the Illinois nursing home lawsuit was filed based on the poor care provided by the nursing home contributed to the patients death.
Pressure sores (also referred to as bed sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers) are an all too common and painful problem for nursing home residents.
Most pressure sores are preventable and are caused by faulty care where the nursing home or hospital does provide adequate care to prevent and treat bed sores. Patients vulnerable… to developing
Bedsore Trial Will Test Families Allegations That Staff At Nursing Home Were Not Providing Adequate Care
A pending trial against Retama Manor Nursing Center (Texas) will put a families allegations of improper nursing care and poor medical charting—front and center before a jury.
The trial commenced by the family of Emilo Gonzalez, a patient with motile medical complications including: partial paralysis, anemia, seizure disorder, decreased appetite,…
An article… published in the Las Vegas Sun, painted an unfortunately common set of circumstances; an overweight patient goes into a hospital for a medical procedure– only to acquire pressure sores during their stay. Sure, the same scenario can (and most certainly does) occur with people of average stature, butread more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
The physical make up of the foot also makes the treatment of heel pressure sores difficult for the facility and particularly disabling for the patient. The calcaneus is the largest bone in the foot, yet covered be relatively little muscle making it particularly susceptible to damage from unrelieved pressure.
When nursing homes take simple, preventative steps such as: turning patients, keeping them clean, and providing adequate nutrition and hydration; they can greatly decrease the incidence of pressure sores at their facilities. However, even though the preventative steps are well known, many nursing facilities simply fail to implement the necessary…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Some of my angriest clients contact me after a loved one was transferred from a nursing home to another nursing home or hospital only to learn of serious medical problems their loved one likely acquired during their original admission.
Of course, breaking disappointing news is difficult for anyone to do.…
In Britain, the daughter of a man who died as a result of infected pressure sores… is publicly raising questions about his death.
“To know that more could and should have been done to prevent his suffering is simply unbearable,” said 32-year-old Louise Norton, in an interview with the Reading
Two women from Northbrook, Illinois are facing criminal elder abuse charges after an autopsy found that their father, Werner Bernhard, 83, died as a result of neglect.
According to a recent report in the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Bernhard’s two primary caretakers were his daughters Lisa Bernhard, 57; and Susan Bernhard,…
Contractures… are a medical condition where a joint is held in a fixed position due to the shortening of a muscle or tendon due to stress exerted on the muscle or spasticity (uncontrolled muscle movement). Older patients and those with limited mobility are especially prone to develop contractures. Contractures mostread more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
A recent joint study from Vanderbilt and Brown Universities found that hospital patients 65 and older have a fairly high risk of developing sepsis…, or illness caused by severe blood infection. Sepsis (also called severe sepsis, sepsis infection, and septic shock) is a potentially deadly condition that’s often causedread more »
In Galveston, Texas, a family is suing a Texas City-based nursing home, saying it failed to properly care for their family member’s severe pressure sores. The bed sores, the family claims, resulted in Christopher Murphy’s early death.
According to court documents, Murphy was a patient at the Hearthstone at …
Even in large metropolitan areas like Chicago, IL patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other types of senior living facilities… continue to suffer from a medical complication that has been around as long as history books have been written— bed sores.
While some facilities suggest that the development of
An Illinois man is suing the Walnut Grove Village nursing home in Grundy, Illinois, for $50,000, according to the Morris Daily Herald. The plaintiff, Dwayne Mickelson, says that the nursing home neglected and abused his mother, Ethel, on two counts.
A disabling hip fracture…
The first count alleges that Walnutread more »
From Minnesota comes a disturbing story about a PCA (personal care assistant) whose alleged neglect of a paralyzed patient’s severe bed sores resulted in the amputation of the patient’s legs.
The Granite Falls News reports that Casandra Sannerud, 26, was charged with multiple counts of Medicaid… fraud on behalf of the
A South Carolina man has been arrested and charged with elder abuse, after his mother died of complications from severebed sores …, Columbia-based WLTX-TV reports.
Eddie Williams, 57, was the primary caregiver for 75-year-old Geneva Roberson, according to WLTX. On March 25, authorities found Roberson trapped in Williams’ home
A recent report from Wrongdiagnosis.com gives several alarming statistics about the incidence of bed sores, or decubitus ulcers…, in American hospitals. Among the Web site’s findings:
- 34,319 people die annually as a result of complications from bed sores
- 474,692 bed sores occur in hospitals every year
Since they were first identified in Egyptian mummies, bed sores have defied doctors’ best attempts at healing. Bed sores, or decubitus ulcers, are difficult to treat, unsightly to look at, and extremely costly, for both medical communities and society at large. A study conducted by the National Institute of Health…read more »
Pressure Relieving Devices May Help Reduce Rate Of Pressure Sores In Nursing Home & Hospital Patients
As a lawyer who sees a significant number of cases where nursing home or hospital patients have developed bed sores… (also referred to as: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) during a short or long-term admission, I feel as though the most progress has been made with respect toread more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
A study from the Australian Journal of Advanced Medicine claims that a proper diet is essential to preventing advanced pressure ulcers. The study, a collaboration between European and American nurses, found that there was a direct correlation between good nutrition… and fewer bed sores.
“Through nutritional supplements, the risk
A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association takes a look at federal bed sore laws enacted in 2004, and how they can help patients today. Using the laws as guideposts, the article explains in detail what hospitals and nursing homes can do to treat and…read more »
The sight of a severe pressure sore wound can be upsetting for both doctor and patient. Stage 3 and 4 pressure sores are hard to treat, …and in some cases may cause great discomfort and pain. Fortunately for patients, doctors have many sophisticated wound dressings at their disposal, several of which areread more »
Everyday families of patients in nursing homes and hospitals across the country face a devastating discovery– that their loved one has developed a bed sore. For most, the news comes as a shock. After all, no one ever expects to contract bed sores during an admission to a medical facility?…read more »
A study from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London found that elderly patients who enter hospitals with hip injuries are at a high risk of developing pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers.…
The study took place at an inner-city hospital in the East End of London. Of the 283 patients included in
A study from the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine provides a far-ranging and extensive overview for treating and preventing bed sores (pressure ulcers)… in elderly patients.
Among the key points of the study:
- 95 percent of pressure ulcers occur in the lower part of the body.
- The incidence
A former patient at Beaumont’s Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital has sued two of the hospital’s doctors, claiming that they delayed treatment and caused unnecessary complications, including a stage 3 bed sore….
According to the Southeast Texas Record, Ronald Lee Phillips, Sr. was admitted to Memorial Hermann on Oct. 29,
Two recent studies published in Health Affairs indicate that post-operative pressure sores are among the most costly injuries caused by medical error, according to MedPageToday.com.
Of the ten costliest medical errors, pressure ulcers… ranked No. 2, second only to postoperative infections. Other common errors included infection due to a
The hospital chart of an elderly loved one can be a confusing morass of letters, scribbles and numbers. Yet the numeric “codes” on each person’s chart are essential to receiving proper Medicare coverage.
In a recent interview with The Hospitalist, two “documentation specialists” gave tips for understanding your loved one’s…
A Sacramento, Calif. judge has decided that a civil suit alleging abuse at a local nursing home should go to trial, Patch.com reports.
Death attributed to UTI…
The plaintiff, Dennis Lee Haney, said in a complaint that Eskaton Properties, Inc. was responsible for the early death of his mother, 78-year-oldread more »
Without A Prevention Plan, All Nursing Home & Hospital Patients Remain At Risk For Developing Pressure Ulcers
Pressure ulcers are indeed preventable in the overwhelming majority of circumstances. The key is to identify patients who are at risk quickly after their admission to a medical facility and timely– and effectively implement preventative measures such as regular pressure relief and ensuring patients remain clean and dry.
The underlying mechanics behind the development of bed sores (also called: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) is relatively simple– unrelieved pressure on the body results in restricted blood circulation and consequential lack of nutrients and oxygen to skin and tissue. When pressure goes unrelieved for extended periods of…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
If you’re an adult child of an elderly parent, you may already know that choosing a proper nursing home can be stressful. Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, nurse and author of the blog AgingParents.com…, shares some tips on how to ensure your parent will always remain safe and healthy:
- Get to know the difference between “convalescent
A nursing home in Sheffield, England has admitted it was at fault in the death of a 78-year-old female patient, according to a BBC report.
Doreen Betts, who died in May, 2009, contracted sepsis after developing severe pressure sores …on her feet. Sepsis is a serious blood infection that has a
A new government program unveiled on Wednesday, April 27, will aim to reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent, according to NorthJersey.com. The initiative, an extension of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act… passed March 23, will allot more than $1 billion to help fund “demonstration projects” over the next three years. (“Demonstrationread more »
The wife of a former Charleston, WV nursing home patient is suing Genesis Healthcare Corporation for an undisclosed amount, according to The West Virginia Record.
Garnet Phillips claims that her husband, George, suffered from several worsening conditions during his 13-month stay at the Valley Center Nursing Home , including dehydration…
ManorCare Named In Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Patient Developes Pressure Sores During Nursing Home Admission
With more than 500 locations in 33 states, ManorCare remains of the largest nursing home chains in the country. From a financial standpoint, ManorCare is clearly a very profitable operation. In 2006, the last year its profits were disclosed, ManorCare earned $167 million from $3.6 million in sales. In 2007,…read more »
…Bedsores are truly a horrific condition impacting nursing home patients in all demographics. As a lawyer on the front lines of these cases, I am continually dumbfounded by the lack of basic precautions in place at many facilities to prevent these potentially deadly wounds from developing in the first place.read more »
As Prevalence Of Decubitus Ulcers Continues To Rise, Caregivers Seek Information From Leaders Regarding Decubitus Ulcer Research & Treatment
Originating from latin word “decumbere” meaning “to lie down”, ducubitus ulcers may develop in patients who have limited mobility and spend much of their time laying or sitting in one position for an extended period of time. Knowing the possibility of decubitus ulcers patients in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted…read more »
Family Of Disabled Man File Lawsuit Against Chicago Nursing Home After He Develops Pressure Sores During Admission
The family of a man with a spina bifida has filed a lawsuit against Tower Hill Healthcare Center, alleging the facilities neglect resulted in the man’s physical injury and deterioration since he was admitted to the facility.
According to the lawsuit, the man was admitted to Sherman Hospital (a Chicagoland…
When people actually see the gruesome photos of rotting flesh on a person’s backside hear about the ongoing medical procedures that are necessary to heal the wound, they begin to understand the real impact of this medical condition.
Along these lines, an obviously compassionate jury awarded the family of a…
Although the news regarding the horrific physical and emotional impact of bed sores (also called decubitus ulcers, pressures sores or pressure ulcers…) surely is on all respectable medical professionals radar screens, bed sores in nursing homes and hospitals continue to plague individuals in all demographics. In order to improveread more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
…Pressure sores (also known as pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers, and bed sores) are a common problem for residents of long-term care facilities. Residents with limited mobility and other co-morbidities are at increased risk for bed sores.
In most cases, pressure sores are a preventable problem. Pressure ulcers are a very
Bedsores have established themselves as one of the most symbolic signs of systemic neglect of patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other medical facilities. Once thought to be an unpreventable condition that was just part of getting old, today we now see that bed sores generally be prevented with proper…read more »
Pressure sores may impact patients in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities or even people with limited mobility who are living at home. Because pressure sores remain such a common problem impacting patients in all demographics, it is important to learn about pressure sore prevention, treatment and resources. Therefore, we…read more »
Bed Sore Prevention May Require Nursing Homes To Obtain Pressure Relieving Devices For Their Patients
As a lawyer who sees a significant number of cases where nursing home or hospital patients have developed bed sores (also referred to as: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) during a short or long-term admission, I feel as though the most progress has been made with respect to…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Sometimes Medical Complications, Such As Bedsores, Are Not Disclosed Until The Patient Is Seen At A Hospital
Some of my angriest clients contact me after a loved one was transferred from a nursing home to another nursing home or hospital only to learn of serious medical problems their loved one likely acquired during their original admission.
Of course, breaking disappointing news is difficult for anyone to do.…
California enacted a state law in July 2007 requiring hospitals to report “never events” (events that are never supposed to be allowed to happen). Never events include severe bedsores (stage 3 or 4)…, foreign objects left inside surgical patients, surgery performed on the wrong body part,read more »
Who Said Nursing Care Was Easy? The Prevention Of Bed Sores Requires Staff To Turn & Reposition Patients On A Reqular Basis
The underlying mechanics behind the development of bed sores (also called: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) is relatively simple– unrelieved pressure on the body results in restricted blood circulation and consequential lack of nutrients and oxygen to skin and tissue.
When pressure goes unrelieved for extended periods of…
Avoidable Medical Errors, Such As Decubitus Ulcers, Continue To Rise In Hospitals Despite Reduction Methods
The term “never event” earned its name simply due to the fact the government determined that that the events should never happen in properly functioning hospitals. As an added incentive for hospitals to prevent these situations from occurring, the government will not reimburse hospitals for these medical errors. These events…read more »
When nursing homes take simple, preventative steps such as: turning patients, keeping them clean, and providing adequate nutrition and hydration; they can greatly decrease the incidence of pressure sores (also called: bed sores, decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers) at their facilities. However, even though the preventative steps are well known,…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Wireless Patient Monitoring Holds The Key To Better Patient Care & Possibly The Prevention Of Pressure Ulcers
…Many hospitals and nursing homes suffer from understaffing. These understaffed facilities are unable to provide the best possible care to its patients and residents. This leads to an increased number of preventable deaths and injuries. One possible tool to help combat this problem is the use of remote monitoring devices.read more »
…An article published in the Las Vegas Sun, painted an unfortunately common set of circumstances; an overweight patient goes into a hospital for a medical procedure– only to acquire pressure sores during their stay.
Sure, the same scenario can (and most certainly does) occur with people of average stature, but
…Pressure sores are a very serious– yet preventable problem that plagues many nursing home and hospital patients. Now, new technology in the form of a Pressure Mapping System can help identify areas on a patient’s body that may form pressure sores. The new technology would assist doctors in preventing bedsoresread more »
Is $28 Million In Punitive Damages Enough To Punish A Nursing Home That Allowed Patient To Develop Infected Pressure Sores?
Well according to a California jury, the answer is ‘yes’. $28 million is the amount of punitive damages the jury awarded in the elder abuse and wrongful death case (Sacramento Superior Court) against Colonial Healthcare of Auburn and its parent company Horizon West of Rocklin.
Infected bed …read more »
Simple preventative techniques can drastically reduce the rate of hospital-acquired decubitus ulcers
Though surely an unanticipated complication, hospital-acquired decubitus ulcers(also referred to as: pressure ulcers, pressure sores or bed sores) remain a tremendous problem for patients and the hospital itself. Acknowledging the negative impact of decubitus ulcers, Texas Arlington Memorial Hospital set out to create a program to reduce the rate of…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Mr. Newton K. McManus Jr. died on May 31, 2008, less than one month after being admitted to Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, an Illinois nursing home, on May 8, 2008. Mr. McManus spent his final days in pain, suffering from pressure sores, leg ischemia… (inadequate blood flow, resulting inread more »
Survival rates for sepsis patients is dependent on how quickly the medical facility identifies the problem and implements treatment
Many of our nursing home negligence and medical malpractice cases involve patients who may have developed a pressure sore only to be confronted with another medical problem– sepsis. Sepsis is a severe infection that effects the complete body. Due to the open wounds that accompany advanced pressure sores (also called…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Nursing home neglect and medical malpractice alleged in wrongful death case involving the development and advancement of decubitus ulcers during admission to nursing home and hospital
Philadelphia jurors have spoken in a case involving the development of decubitus ulcers during a hospitalization and deterioration during a subsequent stay at a nursing home. Not only did they speak up, but the jurors stood up in a loud way, slapping $5 million in punitive damages on top of…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Without a doubt, staffing is the number one predictor of the the type of care patients in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities will receive. High-tech medical equipment and expansive medical facilities mean nothing without a team of properly trained personnel to tend to patient needs.
Under-staffing blamed for …read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
New York jury awards $19m to family of man who developed advanced bed sores during nursing home admission
If you ask most people what a ‘bed sore’ is, you may get a lot of blank stares and shrugs. Truth is, most people probably have never seen a severe bed sore. However, when people actually see the gruesome photos of rotting flesh on a person’s backside that expose underlying…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
If you’ve ever wondered just how bad life in a poorly rated nursing home is, take a look at a recent investigative article by Sam Roe of the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Roe’s article chronicles life at Berwyn Rehabilitation Center…, a Chicago, Illinois nursing home that received one-star inread more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
The family of a former nursing home patient at Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation (Illinois) has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility in connection to the death of their family member. The nursing home negligence lawsuit claims that the within a week of admission to the nursing home, the…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Significant award made in nursing home arbitration case involving the development of advanced pressure sores and gangrene
Unlike most personal injury cases where a determination regarding the monetary damages an individual or family is entitled to receive is determined by a judge or jury, damages in an increasing number of nursing home negligence cases is now being made via an individual arbitrator or panel of arbitrators.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a report… on hospital-acquired decubitus ulcers that has conclusively determined that hospital patients today are more likely to develop a decubitus ulcer during their admission than their counterparts 10 years ago. In fact, the rate of decubitus ulcers (pressure ulcers, pressure soresread more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Criminal charges are expected to be filed against Virginia Munger, a CNA employed by Homewell Senior Care… (Seattle, WA), after prosecutors concluded that Munger failed provide any medical intervention for an elderly patient she was responsible for caring for.
The criminal investigation followed the bedsore-related death of an elderly home-based
Lawsuit ensues after patient develops decubitus ulcers on back and heels during rehab stint in nursing home
Nursing home and management company…
The lawsuit alleges that Highland Health Care Center (Illinois) and its parent company Covenant Care Midwest failed to implementread more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
In the past, pressure ulcers were primarily associated with poor nursing home care. Times have changed. Today, pressure ulcers acquired during a hospitalization… are a growing problem. In our medical negligence group, we continue to see clients who enter a hospital for acute care, only to wind up with anread more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
A woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) who was reliant on a home health care agency for medical assistance settled a lawsuit against the City of Seattle and Millennia home health care agency… (Washington) for $600,000. The basis for the lawsuit was that a home health agency employee was negligent whenread more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
A former resident of the Virgil Calvert Nursing and Rehabilitation Center… filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the Illinois nursing home after she developed multiple decubitus ulcers during her admission. The Illinois nursing home lawsuit alleges that decubitus ulcers she developed during her admission resulted in severe pain,read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Use visits of loved ones in nursing homes for more than social interactions—conduct your own assessment.
Visits to a loved one in a nursing home can— and should be fun and enjoyable for both the patient at the visitors. The social interaction and stimulation provided by nursing home visitors is crucial for patients’ emotional well-being and can be a welcome diversion to mundane living situations.
Look …read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Researchers at Brown University have concluded that nursing homes with a higher percentage of Hispanic residents have higher rates of pressure ulcers than similar facilities with a predominately Caucasian population.
Review of nursing home data…
The studies’ results were based on data sourced from the National Repository of the Minimumread more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
The development of decubitus ulcers during a hospitalization is not just dangerous for the patient, it is simply bad business
Decubitus ulcer treatment is a big business! An estimated $1.3 billion is spent every year on wound care in the United States. In the past, hospitals were able to recover much of the expense related to pressure ulcer treatment directly from Medicare — even if the wound developed during a…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
In order to prevent pressure sores, it is important to analyze the factors that make a person susceptible to developing them.
Unfortunately, many patients in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities will develop a bed sore (similarly called: pressure sore, pressure ulcer or decubitus ulcer) at some point during their admission. When it comes to bed sore prevention, the first order of business is to determine who is at risk…read more at Jonathan Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog »
Despite the fact that most families are reliant upon medical facilities for the care of their loved ones, I’ve noticed a stigma surrounding the development of bedsores during an admission to a nursing home or hospital.
Sure, there can be a sense of guilt when it comes to any illness…
Information and medical contact resources for bed sore education and treatment.
- Bed Sore Glossary - definitions of common bed sore terms and phrases.
- Bed Sore Treatment Specialists - national compilation of wound care specialists, state-by-state, treating bedsores.
- Bed Sore Articles - articles and links to blog posts about bed sores.
- Bed Sore Research Studies - links to recent studies on prevention and treatment.
- Additional Bed Sore Resources
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- Sepsis Treatment
- Septic Shock
- Squamous Carcinoma
- Stages & Development
- Tunneling Bed Sore
- Wound Care
- Wound Dressing
- Wound Treatment
- Wound Vac
- Wrongful Death