Short-Term Nursing Home Admission Results in Deterioration of Pressure Sores and Sepsis
By Nursing Home Law Center
The family of a former nursing home patient at Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation (Illinois) has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility in connection to the death of their family member. The nursing home negligence lawsuit claims that the within a week of admission to the nursing home, the woman’s pressure sore on her heel and buttocks had become an open wound and the woman become septic.
- Failing to conduct a skin assessment when the woman entered the facility
- Inadequately staffed their facility
- Failed to develop a comprehensive ‘care plan’ for the patient
- Failed to notify a physician regarding the deterioration in the woman’s medical condition
Short-term or ‘respite care’ admissions to nursing homes are a common service that many facilities provide. When patients are admitted to nursing homes for a period of days or weeks, the facility still has the same responsibilities to care for them as they do for their longer-term patients. Even for short-term admissions, nursing homes should conduct an assessment of the patients needs and create a care plan with the assistance of the patients family and physician to assure all of the patients needs are met.Related Information