Because of intentional short staffing of many nursing homes, or rehabilitation centers in the United States, families, or loved ones of a patient in a nursing home, or rehab center need to be vigilant
(PRWEB) January 03, 2012
The Nursing Home Complaint Center is urging family members, or loved ones of nursing home, or rehabilitation center residents to be on the lookout for the telltale signs of nursing home, or rehabilitation center neglect, or abuse. The group says, "Because of intentional short staffing of many nursing homes, or rehabilitation centers in the United States, families, or loved ones of a patient in a nursing home, or rehab center need to be vigilant, and we strongly encourage family members, or a loved one to keep a journal, as to the condition of the nursing home patient, or rehab center resident, every time they visit. We are especially focused on healthy, or even younger nursing home, or rehabilitation center patients, or residents, who suddenly get ill, and die, for reasons unforeseen by the family. http://NursingHomeComplaintCenter.Com
Medical Conditions that could develop in a nursing home, or rehabilitation center because of neglect, or abuse from the Nursing Home Complaint Center:
*Bed Sores also known as Decubitis Ulcers. These are pressure ulcers that began during the stay at the Nursing Home. Best case scenario are the bedsores that are located on the buttocks and back region, although bedsores on the heels and feet are also acceptable.
- Bedsores that have healed are not a case. (Remember- Statute of Limitations for filing a claim begins to run from the time a bedsore began.) Also, please be aware that if a resident is diabetic or if they had recently gone through cancer treatment they will be more susceptible to skin breakdown.
- Sepsis: infection in blood stream due to bedsores/ ulcers (Resident my also display altered mental status);
- Septic Shock: Sepsis with refractory hypotension and perfusion abnormalities (ex. Lactic acidosis, oliguria, alteration in mental status);
- Severe Sepsis: infection in the blood stream causing one or more of the following: 1.) Organ Dysfunction; 2.) Hypoperfusion (ex. Lactic acidosis, oliguria, alteration in mental status);
Gangrene-no wound care, or improper wound care, and a nursing home patient, or rehabilitation center patient could end up with gangrene.
- Dehydration leading to hospital or death (stronger cases illustrated multiple hospitalizations for dehydration, UTI’s, and renal failure);
- Dramatic weight loss especially if the resident had a feeding tube in place.
- Medication abuse – overmedicating the resident resulting in serious injury or death.The Nursing Home Complaint Center says,"Even though many nursing homes, or rehabilitation center's bill the federal, or state governments, as if they are fully staffed, in reality, many or intentionally short staffed, in order to increase profits. The easiest way to decrease patient care, or patients demand for care is by over medicating patients."
- Falls resulting in cuts, lacerations, broken bones and lasting injuries (the resident MUST be hospitalized more than once in order to show a pattern of abuse, unless the one time occurrence resulted in a catastrophic injury or death)
The Nursing Home Complaint Center says, "According to legal experts we have spoken to; with any of these injuries, it is imperative that the resident was treated outside the nursing home, or rehabilitation center. Nursing homes, or rehabilitation centers tend to redact, erase, or omit information from their records alluding to any negligence on their part. In the event the records from the nursing home have been redacted, sometimes attorneys, or law firms, that specialize in elder care can obtain records from the nursing home, or rehabilitation center in order to build a case. However, it is much easier to get the records of the admitting hospital where the sick, or dying nursing home patient, or rehabilitation center patient was sent to, as their records will be much more precise." If a nursing home patient, or nursing home resident has ben diagnosed with the conditions outlined in this press release, family members are encouraged to contact the Nursing Home Complaint Center during normal business hours at 866-714-6466. http://NursingHomeComplaintCenter.Com