Sacramento Nursing Facility Patient Dies Due To Lack Of Nutrition, Part 3 of 10

(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this elder abuse case and its proceedings.)

It is also worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical negligence case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as Kaiser Permanente, U.C. Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Sutter, or any skilled nursing facility.


On several occasions, Mr. White’s family and friends lodged complaints with Defendant’s on-duty supervising nurses that Mr. White should not to be given solid foods, which defendant’s supervising agents disregarded and dismissed. In disregard of the Patient Care Plan, and these specific complaints to defendant’s supervising nurse, defendant continued giving Mr. White solid food. For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

On or about September 28, 2006, Mr. White was again given solid food by defendant’s nursing staff causing him to choke on his food, vomit and aspirate into his lungs. The aspiration event caused prolonged respiratory failure with permanent cognitive deficits, physical injury and overall deterioration in Mr. White’s overall functioning. As a result of the food induced aspiration Mr. White was taken to the ICU where he was placed on a ventilator due to his inability to breath without mechanical assistance. Plaintiff was subsequently provided a tracheotomy and a feeding tube and was rendered bed ridden requiring total assistance with his daily care.

Following the September 28th aspiration, Mr. White remained a patient at National through October 23, 2006, and was fully dependent on defendant for repositioning while in bed to prevent the development of bed pressure sores, ulcerations and skin irregularities.

By September 28th, defendant’s staff had documented that Mr. White required assistance with bed repositioning to prevent the development and progression of bed pressure sores. However, during this period, Defendant’s nursing staff repeatedly violated defendant’s own policies and procedures, and standards of practice by failing to provide the necessary custodial bed repositioning for the safety and well being of this elderly dependent adult, causing Mr. White to develop an infected Stage III-IV sacral ulcer that was not timely discovered, treated or even disclosed to Mr. White’s responsible family member. (See Part 4 of 10.)

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

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