The family of a 43-year-old Navy veteran is accusing an Indiana nursing home of serious nursing home neglect that led to the death of the veteran on October 11, 2014 as a result of sepsis and cardiac arrest caused by the failure of the nursing home to properly provide wound care over an extended period of time.
The veteran had been a resident of the Indiana nursing home for four years prior to his death – he had rheumatoid arthritis that prevented him from walking and he had other health issues (morbid obesity, diabetes, and congestive heart failure) but he was cognitively intact.
The Nursing Home Neglect Allegations
On October 4, 2014, the nursing home staff was performing a dressing change to the man’s right bicep area that was draining large amounts of serosanguineous fluid and had a large knot that measured 10 cm x 9 cm. The man was noted to be shaking, whimpering, disoriented, lethargic, unable to hold up his head, and stating “please.” The man was subsequently transported to the hospital.
At the hospital, it was noted that the man was in kidney failure due to hypotension “due to sepsis from large right arm/axillary wound.” A surgical procedure on that date was performed on his right shoulder abscess and right axillary wound to drain the large deep right shoulder abscess and right axillary wound that extended down to the bone and deltoid muscle and involved a very large space.
An incident report from the nursing home dated October 29, 2014 stated that its review of wounds and treatment orders revealed the discontinued order of treatment to the man’s right underarm (the previous order was for dressing change every Tuesday and Friday but the last dressing change had occurred on Friday, September 26, 2014 and the next date for dressing change would have been on Tuesday, September 29, 2014, but the order had been discontinued).
An investigation conducted on November 3, 5 and 6, 2014 by the Indiana Department of Health and Human Services concluded that “Based on interview and record review, the facility failed to provide the necessary care and services to provide appropriate treatment changes for a right upper extremity wound infection and a right axillary wound for 1 of 3 residents reviewed for quality of care (Resident A). This deficient practice resulted in harm when Resident A developed sepsis (systemic blood infection) related to his wounds, requiring surgical intervention … Resident A was transferred from the facility via ambulance on 10/4/2014 at 2:55 a.m. and arrived at (Hospital 1) Emergency Department (ED/ER) on 10/4/2014 at 3:14 a.m. The resident was transferred via ambulance from (Hospital 1) Emergency Department on 10/4/2014 at 6:03 a.m. and was admitted to (Hospital 2) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on 10/4/2014 at 7:45 a.m. He expired on 10/11/2014 in (Hospital 2) ICU.”
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