November 2012 Archives

Nursing home residents are often at risk for developing bedsores (also known as decubitus ulcer or pressure sores) as a result of their underlying health problems and immobility issues.  A pressure sore/decubitus ulcer is a bedsore caused by unrelieved pressure on the skin from lying or sitting in the same position too long and are associated with pain and can be deadly.   As these bedsores deteriorate and progress to stage 3 (appear as a deep crater) and to stage 4 (involve full-thickness skin loss exposing bone or muscle), they become gruesome images for family members and loved ones to view.   

Nursing home residents who have developed bedsores typically receive treatment at wound clinics or hospitals.  As part of their treatment, some wound clinics and hospitals take photographs of the condition to monitor the progress of the wounds.  In our experience, such photographs may not be mentioned in the medical records and health care providers may not produce these wound photographs in response to medical record requests unless they are specifically requested.  Our law firm therefore sends specific requests for the production of wound photographs to wound clinics and hospitals in our bedsore cases and have been able to uncover the existence of very helpful evidence. 

If a family member or loved one has developed wounds/pressure sores/decubitus ulcers, it is also advisable to take photographs of the condition and to be able to state the dates of the photographs.

As the saying goes, a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Please feel free to contact the Maryland nursing home neglect lawyers at Dever & Feldstein, LLC at (888) 825-9119 for a free consultation if you believe that a family member or loved one has sustained serious injury or wrongful death as a result of bed sores/pressure sores or decubitus ulcers.

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As the United States' population grows older, more and more individuals become vulnerable and dependent upon others to meet their most basis needs forcing families to place their loved ones in nursing homes.  This can be one of the more difficult issues that families will have to face and may result in feelings of guilt and fear of potential nursing home neglect.

Many nursing homes are understaffed and/or unable to provide their residents with all of the care that they may require.  According to the United States Centers for Disease Control ("CDC"), a 1996 study found that more than 500,000 people age 60 or older were victims of neglect or abuse during a one-year period.  

There are on-line resources available to families who are trying to locate and investigate potential nursing homes or assisted living facilities for their loved ones.  The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website located at www.medicare.gov/nhcompare/ allows individuals to search nursing homes by location (zip code or City and State) or by name and obtain very useful information (including staffing statistics and State surveys/deficiency notices). 

Additionally, Maryland assisted living facility deficiencies are available on-line at the Maryland Health Care Commission's website located at mhcc.maryland.gov/consumerinfo/longtermcare/searchpage.aspx.  

Family members should make efforts to be advocates for their loved ones throughout the process of choosing a long term care facility and should then continue to stay involved and make regular nursing home visits at unpredictable times.  In our experience, the nursing home staff is able to figure out when a resident does not receive visitors, and the consequences can be fatal. 

For instance, we handled a case involving an elderly woman who required assistance with all activities of daily life and was placed into a nursing home.  Her children had busy and hectic lives, and very rarely visited the nursing home.  One day, she was found non-responsive and transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with respiratory failure, severe electrolyte imbalances, metabolic acidosis, and multi-organ failure all secondary to massive dehydration and malnutrition.  Disturbingly, oral examination revealed that her mouth was filled with dried food and purulent secretions as food was being haphazardly stuffed into her mouth by the nursing home staff.  She died three days later due to dehydration and malnutrition.  Our medical expert witnesses concluded that this condition was the result of severe water and food deprivation occurring over an extended time period.  

Please feel free to contact the Maryland nursing home neglect attorneys at Dever & Feldstein, LLC at (888) 825-9119 for a free consultation if you believe that a family member or loved one has sustained serious injury or wrongful death as a result of dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores (also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers), nursing home falls, medication error/prescription mistake, elder abuse or elder neglect.

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