Necrotic Tissue – When one or multiple cells in the body die, usually in one area, caused by a disruption of blood supply to a part of the body.
Negative pressure wound therapy – (Topical negative pressure, sub-atmospheric pressure dressings, vacuum sealing technique) – A way to promote healing in chronic wounds, fight infection and enhance healing in body tissue. Usually a vacuum helps create pressure in the wounds environment.
Negligence – Failure to use care which a reasonable and prudent person would use under similar circumstances.
Negotiation – The process of submission and consideration of offers until an acceptable offer is made and accepted.
Neuropathy – A disruption in the nervous system secondary to disease or an abnormality.
Never event – A series of 28 inexcusable outcomes in a health are setting. The 28 items were taken by the National Quality Forum. These are defined as “adverse events that are serious, largely preventable, and of concern to both the public and health care providers for the purpose of public accountability. Read more about never events here.
No-fault Proceedings – A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.
Non-economic damages – damages that are frequently intangible in nature. Examples: pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, loss of normal life
Non-jury trial – Trial before the court but without a jury.
Non profit nursing home – Nursing home that does not turn a profit.
Notary Public – A public officer whose function it is to administer oaths, to attest and certify documents, and to take acknowledgments.
Notice – Formal notification to the party that has been sued in a civil case of the fact that the lawsuit has been filed. Also, any form of notification of a legal proceeding.
Nurse turnover – The process of hiring, keeping, and losing nurses as an employee in the health care field.
Nurses aide – aAn employee who is hired to care for patients whose responsibilities are less specialized than a nurses; the aide assists in bathing, feeding, bed making, transporting; they are under the direction of the registered nurse.
Nursing Home Abuse – Nursing home abuse can be defined as any act, failure to act, or incitement to act done willfully, knowingly, or recklessly through words or physical action which causes or could cause mental or physical injury or death to a nursing home resident. This includes verbal, sexual, mental/psychological, or physical elder abuse, including corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion, or any other actions within this definition. Many cases of nursing home abuse allow the injured person or their estate to bring a claim or lawsuit against the offending facility.
Nursing home administrator – The person in charge of all operations and employees at the nursing home. Each state has their own licensing requirements.
Nursing home arbitration – An agreement usually signed in the admission process whereby any injury or dispute between the patient and the nursing home would be resolved before a single person or multiperson panel, taking away the right to jury trial. Read more about arbitration agreements in nursing homes here.
Nursing home compare – To assess information from more than one nursing home, while in the process of choosing one, and weigh the pros and cons.
Nursing Home Injury – A general term used to describe any injury occurring to a resident during their admission to a nursing home. A nursing home injury may occur due to an intentional or negligent act of a nursing home employee, agent or patient. Depending on the circumstances, a nursing home injury may give way to a legal cause of action against the responsible party.
Nursing Home Lawsuit – A lawsuit brought on behalf of an injury party or their estate for personal injury or wrongful death against a nursing home.
Nursing Home Neglect – The failure of a nursing home to meet the needs of a dependent patient,which may be intentional- – such as withholding of food, medications, failure to clean or bathe, or unintentional, resulting from genuine ignorance of–or physical inability to address–a particular care need. Many instances of nursing home neglect result in serious injury or death of a patient and give way to a lawsuit against the facility.
Nursing Home Negligence – The failure of a facility or its agents to follow the standard of care in the community. In certain states, specific laws have been implemented by the state legislatures which set forth the standard of care for nursing homes.