Tag Archives: decubitus ulcers

Nursing Home Abuse: Complaints

A chain of nursing homes in Massachusetts was recently purchased by a new corporation, Synergy.  The complaints are continuing:  flimsy adult diapers, lax infection control, pressure sores, dirty dishes,  and not enough nurses. The article states that federal scrutiny of nursing homes is light and cites to Charlene Harrington, a professor emeritus of sociology and […]

Today is Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has declared November 20th as National Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day.  

Nursing Home Abuse: Profits Over People

Federal officials have joined a lawsuit against a former operator of a Mississippi nursing home for Medicare and Medicaid fraud based on the filing of claims for services not provided.  The facts suggest “profits over people”.   The allegations include that the nursing home provided only the bare minimum of cash to operate the nursing home […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Court Rejects Defense That Handful Of Missed Assessments/Treatment Did Not Cause Adverse Effect To Long Standing Pressure Ulcer

In Golden Living Center – Trussville v. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, DAB No. CR2634 (September 28, 2012), the nursing home argued that on the “handful of occasions” when the staff missed assessments and treatment would unlikely cause any adverse effect on the resident’s long standing pressure ulcer.  The Judge rejected this argument finding […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Pressure Ulcers and Feeding Tubes

The American Medical Association has published a study of the benefits and risks of PEG feeding tubes for healing and prevention of pressure ulcers in advanced dementia patients.  Advanced dementia patients are known to develop eating problems that lead to malnutrition, recurrent infections and hospitalizations. The study concluded that feeding tubes do not benefit this […]

Nursing Homes: Jury Award of 9 Million in Wrongful Death Suit

In Georgia, a jury has returned a verdict against two health care facilities for $9.5 million. The plaintiff was a 51 year old woman who died from infected pressure ulcers. She had cerebral palsy and multiple infected pressure ulcers on different parts of her body. The facilities were to provide round the clock care. However, […]

Nursing Homes: Bedsores and Turning

In the majority of circumstances, a resident should not develop bed sores in a nursing home.  To protect the resident against bed sore development, the resident should be turned  and repositioned at least every two hours.  However, how does a nursing home ensure that its residents are turned and repositioned?  Many times,  the nurses and […]