(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this elder abuse/medical malpractice case and its proceedings.)
The Pressure Sore
On August 17, 2006, the plaintiff was evaluated by Kim White R.N., the MC wound care nurse. Ms. White noted that plaintiff developed a skin breakdown at the area of her coccyx. It was measured as 4 x 3 cms, and the skin was fragile and discolored. Ms. White thought the wound was due to shearing; i.e., from friction while being moved.
Over the next week, the nursing staff continued to turn plaintiff every two hours, and followed the care ordered by the physician (as recommended by Ms. White). However, because of her poor underlying condition, and multiple co-morbidities, the plaintiff’s wound became a pressure sore. By August 23, 2006, the wound had progressed to a Stage III, and by this point was 8 cm. x 10 cm. large.
While plaintiff was not going to go to acute rehabilitation, the hope was that she could be discharged to a skilled nursing facility. However, for her to be able to do so she needed to be able to tolerate out-patient dialysis. For her to be able to do this she needed to be able to sit for three hours at a time. This was something she was never able to do.
In terms of plaintiff’s neurologic status, it remained guarded. On September 27, 2006, she had a swallowing evaluation. She was found to be at high risk for aspiration, and it was recommended that she not be given anything orally.
On October 1, 2006, she had a neurology reassessment. She had made no improvement, and in fact had gotten progressively worse since her admission. The neurologist concluded that her prognosis was very poor for any meaningful recovery. (See Part 3 of 11.)
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