Nursing care facilities are often utilized for rehabilitation after elderly people undergo surgical procedures. Care must be properly provided in order to facilitate a successful recovery. In one recent case a woman died after allegedly receiving improper nursing home care after surgery. The woman’s family filed a lawsuit in Cook County against The Villa at South Holland, LLC and Villa Healthcare Management, Inc. stating that negligence at the facility led to the woman’s death.
Many people enter care facilities for an interim period after discharge from a hospital. After an operation, a period of recovery and rehabilitation is often necessary. Hospitals no longer allow patients to remain for the duration of their recovery period. Thus, nursing care facilities are the logical choice for those who need some assistance after having had surgery. The woman in this case underwent neck surgery and was admitted to the center for her after-care period.
Improper Care Led to Death
The lawsuit states that the nursing home was negligent by failing to provide adequate supervision to the woman while under their care. They allegedly failed to notice that the woman suffered signs of acute pulmonary thromboembolism. Sadly, the failure to notice and seek treatment for this serious condition resulted in the woman’s death just 9 days after she entered the facility.
Acute Pulmonary Thromboembolism
An acute pulmonary thromboembolism is usually caused by a blood clot that has traveled to the lungs. The clot may begin in the legs and is often the result of reduced movement such as that which occurs after a major operation. The clot travels up to the lungs where it causes a blockage. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate care. Caregivers should be watchful for signs of this problem so that it can be treated before it becomes life-threatening.
Signs of Pulmonary Thromboembolism
The signs of pulmonary thromboembolism include shortness of breath, chest pain, and a persistent cough. Additionally, patients experiencing this problem may feel lightheaded, may have an irregular heartbeat, could feel pain and swelling in the legs, and may experience excessive sweating. Nurses and other caregivers should watch for these signs in patients, especially those who have recently undergone a surgical procedure. In this instance, the claim states that the providers did not evaluate the woman’s condition and did not recognize the signs of a medical problem.
Failure to Provide Medical Care
Since the nursing home staff did not recognize that the woman was experiencing medical problems, they did not seek care. A physician should have been consulted immediately to diagnose the woman’s condition and provide a treatment plan. Treatment of blood clots may include medication for thinning the blood or surgery to insert a device to capture blood clots before they can reach major organs. These steps were never taken because the care facility did not get care from a physician. Had they done so, proper treatment would have been rendered and the woman may have recovered.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury because of improper care in a nursing home, call Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your situation.
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