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Nursing home faces lawsuit for feeding tube injury

The elderly are particularly vulnerable when injured or exposed to disease. This is one reason it is important that they receive quality treatment when under nursing home care. Negligent providers who commit medical malpractice can cause serious injuries causing permanent damage, or wrongful death. A nursing home is facing a lawsuit after a patient suffered serious injury involving a misplaced feeding tube.

According to the complaint, a 58-year-old patient was admitted to a nursing home for care. She suffered from advanced stages of multiple sclerosis and was admitted to care after being treated at a hospital for brain injury. While hallucinating and confused, the patient removed her gastric feeding tube that had been inserted directly into her abdomen. When an employee at the center tried to reinsert the tube, it did not reach her stomach, but emptied the contents into a surrounding abdominal cavity. This caused her abdominal cavity to fill with liquid formula.

The attempted reinsertion was not noted on her medical chart and the patient began to suffer from a fever and a distended abdomen. She was transferred back to the hospital where she was treated for infection and had to undergo a surgical procedure. The patient had to remain hospitalized for 5 days and was weakened because of the injury

The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed by the daughter of the victim, requesting unspecified damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering and additional losses after the May 2010 incident. The lawsuit claims that the nursing home failed to properly insert the gastric tube, failed to provide adequate or adequately trained staff and caused serious injury to the patient.

Source: Journal North, "Nursing Home Sued Over Tube Infection, " Jackie Jadrnak, Aug. 30, 2012

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