Bed Sores – Statistics And Discussion

There are a variety of sources that discuss bed sores (also called bedsores, pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and decubitus ulcers).  Bed sores are a major health concern both for the direct and indirect (through complications) health care danger they can potentially cause.

The post of May 23, 2014 (“Bedsores Causes And Frequency“) discussed various aspects of bed sores, including the causes of bed sores as well as how often they occur.

An older data brief from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) also contains valuable information concerning bed sores, including a variety of statistics and commentary.  This information is seen in the NCHS February 2009 Data Brief, titled “Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents:  United States, 2004.”

This data brief says that in 2004, 11% of nursing home residents had pressure ulcers (bed sores), and it says that “Stage 2” pressure ulcers were the most commonly occurring.

Perhaps the most worrisome part of this data brief was seen in a paragraph discussing the treatment and quality of treatment of bedsores.  An excerpt, as seen in the data brief: (bold added for emphasis)

Overall, 11% of nursing home residents had pressure ulcers in 2004. Various demographic and clinical factors were related to having a pressure ulcer in a nursing home. Residents in a nursing home for a year or less since admission, who had a recent weight loss, or who had high immobility had the highest prevalence of pressure ulcers. Among residents with a pressure ulcer of stage 2 or higher, 35% received special wound care services. This suggests that a minority of nursing home residents with stage 2 or higher pressure ulcers received wound care in accordance with the clinical practice guidelines. Pressure ulcers are serious and common medical conditions in U.S. nursing homes, and remain an important public health problem. Information from this Data Brief on pressure ulcer prevalence and service use among nursing home residents with pressure ulcers may provide a foundation for targeting public health efforts.

This NCHS Data Brief also contains various other commentary, including statistics concerning bed sores as well as other information that may be valuable in predicting who is most likely to get bed sores.

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Should you or someone you care for experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

$3.3 Million Jury Verdict In Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit

There has been a jury verdict award concerning alleged nursing home negligence in the case of a Colorado nursing home resident.

The resident who suffered the alleged negligence was James Sharon, 82.  Last week, a jury verdict awarded $3.3 million, comprised of $300,000 because of negligence and $3,000,000 for punitive damages.

A couple of excerpts from the May 28, 2014 kktv.com article titled “Pueblo Nursing Home Found Guilty Of Negligence, Pays $3.3 Million” :

Belmont Lodge Health Care Center in Pueblo will have to pay millions of dollars to a Southern Colorado man and his family after a jury found the nursing home was negligent in his care.

James Sharon, 82, has lived at the nursing home since 2011. His sister, Alice Franz, says he suffers from mild mental retardation and dementia. Franz says since he was admitted to Belmont Lodge Health Care Center, he developed more health problems.

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According to the original complaint filed in 2013, it says her brother suffered from bed sores, dehydration, malnutrition, UTIs, skin tears and abrasions, hyperkalemia (high potassium), multiple infections including E. coli and significant weight loss. After nothing was done to help her brother, Franz was fed up and decided to bring these issues to court.

Additional details regarding this nursing home negligence lawsuit and the alleged underlying conditions can be found in a variety of media sources including the kktv.com article mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

High Rate Of Harm In Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)

One of the critical issues regarding nursing home abuse (as well as abuse or neglect in other health care facilities such as hospitals or assisted living facilities) is the rate and number of incidents in which this abuse occurs.

A recent study offers various worrisome statistics regarding the number of incidents that may be occurring in such health care facilities.  As the report points out in the executive summary, although there has been “substantial” attention paid to patient safety in hospitals, less is known about patient safety in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

The study is the February 2014 The Department of Health and Human Services report titled “Adverse Events In Skilled Nursing Facilities:  National Incidents Among Medicare Beneficiaries.” (pdf)

The report focuses on resident care in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).  On page 2 it discusses SNFs and SNFs in relation to nursing homes:

The Social Security Act (SSA) §1819(a) defines a “SNF” as a facility engaged primarily in providing skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services for residents who require such care because of injury, disability, or illness. Although the term “SNF” refers to a provider that meets the Medicare Part A coverage requirements described above, 90 percent of SNFs are dually certified as both SNFs and nursing homes (i.e., long-term care providers).13

An excerpt from the report, indicating the study’s scope:

This study estimates the national incidence rate, preventability, and cost of adverse events in SNFs by using a two-stage medical record review to identify events for a sample of 653 Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals to SNFs for post-acute care. Sample beneficiaries had SNF stays of 35 days or less.

The report uses the term “adverse events,” which it defines on page 2:

The term “adverse event” describes harm to a patient or resident as a result of medical care.10 An adverse event indicates harm to the patient as a result of medical care, including the failure to provide needed care. Adverse events include medical errors but they may also include more general substandard care that results in patient or resident harm, such as infections caused by the use of contaminated equipment. However, adverse events do not always involve errors, negligence, or poor quality of care and are not always preventable.11,12

As to a summary of the reports findings, which are found in the executive summary:

An estimated 22 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events during their SNF stays. An additional 11 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experienced temporary harm events during their SNF stays. Physician reviewers determined that 59 percent of these adverse events and temporary harm events were clearly or likely preventable. They attributed much of the preventable harm to substandard treatment, inadequate resident monitoring, and failure or delay of necessary care.

The report also contains a variety of other statistics as well as the methodologies employed.  Recommendations are also given regarding how SNFs can significantly reduce the incidence “of resident harm events.”

This report – as well as other statistics and numerous stories – should serve to indicate how prevalent accidents, injuries, and other forms of harm happen in SNFs and nursing homes.  As well, it is highly notable how many of these adverse events that lead to harm and injuries of nursing home residents are preventable in nature.

Those who have relatives or other loved ones staying in Illinois nursing homes or SNFs – as well as other health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, hospices, or hospitals – should be aware of the existence and frequency of these nursing home abuses and nursing home accidents.  As well, spotting signs of such incidents and acting upon them is imperative.

Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

 

Detecting Nursing Home Abuse

Recently the Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, has published a document titled “Protecting Residents From Abuse & Neglect In Health Care Facilities.”(pdf)  This document, dated May 2014, discusses various aspects of how to recognize and protect residents of health care facilities (nursing homes and other care facilities) from nursing home abuse and neglect.

In this document, various topics and resources are discussed, including:

  • “Recognizing Patient Abuse & Neglect”  – including physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse, and neglect (each topic with various suggestions)
  • “Stopping Patient Abuse & Neglect” – 8 suggestions

While this document is geared toward potential Michigan nursing home abuse and neglect, the suggestions regarding recognizing nursing home patient abuse and neglect – as well as how to stop it – are directly relevant to nursing homes in other states, including Illinois nursing homes as well as Illinois assisted living facilities and other similar facilities such as hospitals and hospices.

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Sexual Abuse At Skilled Nursing Facility

One form of nursing home abuse is that of sexual abuse.  Sexual abuse in nursing homes (or assisted living facilities, hospitals, etc.) has occurred either by other patients or by nursing home staff.

Sexual abuse by nursing home staff is alleged to have recently happened in a California nursing home.

In this alleged incident, an employee at the Auburn Oaks Care Center – a skilled nursing facility – is alleged to have exposed himself to two nursing home residents, kissed them against their will, and “sexually touched” them.

The employee, Marlo Santos Quinton, 57, of Auburn, a nursing assistant, was arrested on May 20, and is accused of elder abuse and indecent exposure.

Quinton had worked at the Auburn Oaks Care Center for 12 years.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after the women reported the alleged incidents.

Additional information and possible updates – including a statement from the Auburn Oaks Care Center – can be found in a variety of media sources, including the May 23 news10.net article titled “Care home employee accused of kissing residents against their will” as well as the May 23 fox40.com article titled “Auburn Care Home Worker Accused Of Sexual Abuse.”

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Bedsores Causes And Frequency

The Chicago Tribune published an article on May 14, 2014, titled “Left untreated, bedsores can be lethal.”  The article discusses various aspects of bedsores (also called “pressure ulcers”as well as decubitus ulcers) including the causes of bedsores, the frequency of bedsores, and tips for bedsore prevention.

A couple of excerpts from the article include:

Pressure ulcers, commonly called bedsores, are a big problem in the United States. More than 2.5 million Americans develop pressure ulcers every year, with about 60,000 people dying each year from pressure ulcer complications.

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Pressure ulcers can develop in as little as three hours as a result of sitting or lying too long in the same position, she said. Those who are bedridden are most at risk, including those in hospitals and long-term care facilities like nursing homes. The problem can occur in the home, as well.

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The Journal of the American Geriatric Society estimates that an average 4-to-5 percent of patients develop pressure ulcers during a hospital stay, and the number is higher in long-term care facilities: 23 percent.

The article also lists 12 steps to take to prevent and treat bedsores.

Additional details regarding bedsores can be found in various sources, including Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the ElmanLawGroup site ChicagoBedsoresLaw.com.

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Illinois Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding an Illinois nursing home resident’s death in a Wood River, Illinois nursing home.

This wrongful death lawsuit is discussed in The Madison-St. Clair Record article of May 5, 2014, titled “Wood River nursing home resident blamed for resident’s death.”  The Madison County Circuit Court case number is 2014 000602PANZIER PATRICIA vs. SA-ENC VIP MANOR LLC DBA VIP M.

The underlying incident involves a female nursing home resident, Pauline Hendricks, who was found “gurgling and unresponsive” on January 28, 2013 and was taken to a hospital, where she died on that same day.  The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the daughter of Pauline Hendricks, Patricia Panzier.

Notable excerpts from The Madison-St. Clair Record article include:

Patricia Panzier filed a lawsuit April 15 in the Madison County Circuit Court against SA-ENC VIP Manor, LPN Donna Slinkard, Dr. Louis Gary and General Medicine of Illinois Physicians.

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VIP Manor staff neglected to call 911 until half-an-hour after Hendricks was found, the suit states. When staff did place the emergency phone call, they requested a “non-emergent” transfer, the complaint says.

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Panzier blames Slinkard and VIP Manor for causing her mother’s death, saying they negligently failed to ensure the facility was adequately staffed with licensed medical professionals and failed to enforce appropriate policies or procedures, among other negligent actions.

The doctor caring for Hendricks, Louis Gary, negligently failed to appropriately monitor and treat her condition, failed to assess her airway, failed to clear her airway, failed to appreciate and note changes in her condition, failed to ensure that she was transferred to the hospital immediately and failed to properly assess and reassess her.

Another article from the telegraph.com also discusses the lawsuit and the underlying incident.  An excerpt from the April 24, 2014 article “Nursing home accused of patient neglect” :

The Illinois Department of Public Health reviewed the case and determined that VIP failed to monitor and treat a resident in respiratory failure and failed to immediately call for an ambulance as ordered by a physician. “This failure result in (the resident) expiring upon arrival at the hospital emergency room,” the IDPH document stated.

The IDPH report stated that the director of nursing and assistant both told officials that there is no policy at the home defining a medical emergency. The department ordered that the facility develop policies that conform to the law, including policies for handling medical emergencies.

Additional details regarding this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit concerning a nursing home resident can be found in a variety of media sources including the two articles mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Patients Sue After Being Infected With Hepatitis C Virus

One hazard of being in a nursing home, hospital, or other care facility is the possibility of catching an infection or disease.  This possibility is heightened if negligence, errors, or unsafe operating procedures are present in the health care setting.

There are many examples of patients getting diseases and infections in this manner.  An article in the May 2 Valley News titled “More N.H. Hepatitis C Suits Settled” discusses an outbreak of Hepatitus C in a New Hampshire hospital that resulted in various lawsuits, including a class action lawsuit.

An excerpt from the article:

The civil lawsuits seek to hold the hospital accountable for its hiring and management of David Kwiatkowski, who is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.

Kwiatkowski had worked as a cardiac technologist in seven states before being hired in New Hampshire in 2011, despite being fired numerous times over drug allegations. Since his arrest in 2012, 46 people in New Hampshire, Maryland, Kansas and Pennsylvania have been diagnosed with the same strain of the hepatitis C virus he carries, and authorities say the disease played a role in a Kansas woman’s death. Kwiatkowski also worked in Michigan, New York, Arizona and Georgia.

The July 5, 2012 CBSNews.com article titled “Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital in N.H. grows to 27 cases, lawsuits follow” also discusses the underlying incident and the associated lawsuits.  This article mentions “drug diversion” as a possible means by which the Hepatitis C virus was transmitted.  An excerpt:

Back in June, Dr. Jose Montero, New Hampshire’s public health director, said “drug diversion” from a hospital employee was being eyed as a potential cause of the outbreak. Drug diversion refers to when a hospital worker injects himself with drugs meant for patients and then puts the syringe back, possibly containing a different solution like saline, only to be inadvertently administered to patients.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two named above.

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Legionnaires’ Disease

One risk facing patients in a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, or other health care facility is the possibility of catching an infection or disease.  This possibility is heightened if negligence, errors, or unsafe operating procedures are present in an Illinois health care facility.

Examples of errors, negligence, and other assorted acts – including criminal behavior – that have led to patients getting infections and diseases are numerous, both within Illinois as well as nationally.

A recent example is seen in a Pittsburgh VA (Veterans Administration) hospital.  This is an example of a patient contracting a disease which led to the patient’s death, and a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the diseased victim.

An excerpt from the May 2, 2014 Triblive.com article titled “Sister of Navy veteran who died in Legionnaires’ outbreak sues” :

The sister of a Navy veteran killed in a Legionnaires’ outbreak sued the federal government on Friday, alleging wrongful death and negligence in the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

Lloyd Mitchell Wanstreet, 65, of Jeannette died July 4, 2012, after contracting Legionnaires’ from contaminated water in the hospital system, according to the suit. Sandy Riley sued on behalf of Wanstreet’s estate.

The article also states that additional lawsuits have been filed on behalf of other alleged victims of the disease outbreak, and that most of these lawsuits have been settled.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these lawsuits and the underlying Legionnaires’ outbreak can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article above as well as the May 2, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article titled “Estate of Jeannette man sues over Legionella death.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.