This is a story of a fascinating case.
This nursing home case reported in March 2018 struck me for several reasons. It involved a sixty-one-year-old man who was a long-term resident of a nursing home because he had right-sided paralysis due to a stroke. His left leg was also amputated. On February 4, 2014, he became sweaty, nauseated and had severe abdominal pain and vomiting. It was not until the next day that paramedics were called, and he was taken to the hospital, where he stayed 8 days with a diagnosis of severe dehydration.
Upon discharge from the hospital he was returned to the nursing home. Four days later, he fell from bed to the floor. He suffered severe and comminuted fractures of his leg at multiple levels. Since he was not a candidate for surgery, he had to endure a lot of pain until the fractures healed. He left the nursing home after that incident and never returned.
Listen in as Pat Iyer chats about these points
- The concepts Pat got out of looking at the defense
- The unexplained mention in the case write up
- Why long term care has an image problem.
- How unfortunately, low staffing breeds low staffing
- Why falls and fall-related injuries are a common liability concern in nursing homes
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Pat Iyer has been a legal nurse consultant since 1987 when she first began reviewing cases as an expert witness. She achieved national prominence through her texts and many contributions to the legal nurse consulting field. She built a large LNC business that benefited from more than 80% of her clients being repeat business.