Two nurses involved in abuse and neglect at CareMeridian assisted-living home in Oxnard, California will face criminal involuntary manslaughter charges along with the civil suit filed by the family of a 20 year old man who died at the home.
The man was admitted in January 2004 after suffering a serious surfing injury. Lying in a coma, the man required a gastrostomy or “g-tube” be inserted into his stomach to feed him. Just as his parents began to see signs of improvement, he took a turn for the worse. The feeding tube which was supposed to be changed by a specialist was wrongly changed by a nurse and inserted into the man’s abdominal cavity instead of his stomach. Over the next 12 hours the man received food water and medications into his abdominal cavity and causing inflammation and the man’s eventual death from periontitis.
The civil suit alleges lack of training of staff.
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