Short-Term Nursing Home Admission Turns Into Nightmare

Short-Term Nursing Home Admission Turns Into NightmareLike many patients in nursing nursing homes today, Donald Bodkin’s admission was only intended to be short-term to for the purpose of assisting him with the recovery from a hip surgery.  However just weeks after he was admitted to Victoria Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (California) Mr. Bodkin (93) was found dead as the result of a ruptured ulcer in his small intestine and an infection in his bloodstream.

An investigation into his death by the California Department of Health determined that Victoria Healthcare’s inadequate care is likely to blame for Mr. Bodkin’s untimely death. An investigation confirmed that the facility failed to properly assess Mr. Bodkin’s condition or notify a physician despite well documented complaints of pain, stomach problems and low urine output.

A fine of $75,000 has been imposed on the facility as a result of the incident.

Notification of Family & Physicians

The notification of a patient’s physician in the case of a change in physical condition is not an option for nursing homes– its the law (F-Tag 157).  Unfortunately, with many acute medical conditions, notification of the physician may not be enough.  Facilities must continue to monitor each patient’s physical needs and take action to ensure their safety if need be.

In the above situation, I am glad that the state identified the blatant violations that appear to have cost this man his life.  If anything positive can be said of this situation, hopefully this facility will begin to timely notify physicians when patients are ill or injured?

Learn more about the laws applicable to California nursing homes here.
Click on the links for information on nursing homes in San Diego , Los Angeles and San Francisco

Related:

In For Rehab. Out With Bedsores.

C-Diff Infection Alleged To Blame For Death Of Nursing Home Patient

Lawsuit Alleges: One Week In The Nursing Home Results In Significant Deterioration Of Pressure Sores & Sepsis

Nursing home fined in patient death, The Orange County Register, by Courtney Perkes

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One response to “Short-Term Nursing Home Admission Turns Into Nightmare”

  1. Deborrah Ann Stenberg says:

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    Nursing Home Nightmares and Negligent Hospitals: Our Loved Ones Are Everyday Victims…..EVERYDAY REPETITIVE VICTIMS……
    The stench in the halls which leads to each room indicates an obvious destruction.
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    We need to vote for freedom, changes, and abolish the punishments. Body bags are zipping too quickly. If this was someone you loved placed in one of those bags—-how would you feel about that wrongful death which happened from every disaster?
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    NURSING HOME NIGHTMARES AND NEGLIGENT HOSPITALS.
    NURSING HOME NIGHTMARES AND NEGLIGENT HOSPITALS
    NURSING HOME NIGHTMARES AND NEGLIGENT HOSPITALS
    NURSING HOME NIGHTMARES AND NEGLIGENT HOSPITALS
    WHAT PART OF THIS AREN’T YOU COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDING?????????
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    START THINKING AND CARING ABOUT YOUR FAMILIES BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE, OR THE BEGINNING WILL NEVER BE THE ENDING…..THIS UNACCEPTABLE
    CRAP WILL GO ON AND ON AND ON JUST THE NEIGHBORS DOG WHO RELEASES IT’S CRAP—IT JUST GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND THE STENCH IS EXISTING
    JUST LIKE THE OTHER—–
    NURSING HOME—-HOSPITAL CRAP——WILL LIVE FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER GOD HELP US AS LONG AS YOU ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUALLY TAKE OVER……
    LOOK AT NURSING HOME PICTURES ON THE INTERNET.
    PAY ATTENTION TO OUR FAMILIES FEARS, ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND EVERYDAY
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    I’M AN AMERICAN—-AND I’M EVEN DISAPPOINTED IN MYSELF.
    PLEASE HELP TO CHANGE OR IMPROVE THINGS..
    TO IMPROVE——–WE NEED TO CHANGE——
    WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW ISN’T CHANGING OR
    IMPROVING…….
    THE GOVERNMENT RULES…..THE NURSING HOMES AND HOSPITALS KISS THE
    GOVERNMENTS BUTTS AND THE EVERYDAY PEOPLE SUFFER EACH DAY BECAUSE AS AMERICANS WE’RE TOO WHATEVER TO GET INVOLVED FOR EVERYDAY REASONS. THOSE EVERYDAY REASONS ARE HURTING YOUR LOVED ONES.
    AS ABOVE AND TO REPEAT MYSELF ONCE AGAIN—-TO IMPROVE—WE NEED TO
    CHANGE—–WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW ISN’T CHANGING OR IMPROVING.
    THINK ABOUT ALL THE THINGS YOU NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT. BEING EFFICIENT IS MUCH BETTER THAN TOO LATE. THAT MUCH TOO LATE COULD BE AN EXAMPLE OF YOUR LOVED ONES. I LOST MY MOTHER BECAUSE OF A HORRIBLE——–WRONGFUL DEATH AND EACH DAY I CONTINUALLY SUFFER…..
    OUR LIVES ARE CAUGHT IN AN UGLY TRAP. DON’T ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE FOR OTHERS….
    WRITTEN BY: DEBORRAH ANN STENBERG—-CELL—406-861-7392——-

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