This is a story of a fascinating nursing home case.
This 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 long term care facility. 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 long term care facility 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 of this case
- Why long term care has an image problem.
- How low staffing breeds low staffing
- Why falls and fall-related injuries are a common liability concern in long term care
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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 was the editor of Nursing Home Litigation: Investigation and Case Preparation, a book that sold well and helped many attorneys litigate nursing home cases.