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Wound care

Pressure Ulcers Also referred to as decubitus ulcers or bed sores, these are lesions caused by unrelieved pressure resulting in damage to underlying tissue. Pressure ulcers usually occur over a bony prominence such as the sacrum or heel, and are staged to classify the degree of tissue damage1. The risk for pressure ulcer development is

Allegations of cover up

Article published Mar 22, 2006 Ex-nursing chief sues White Oak Manor RACHEL E. LEONARD, Staff Writer A former nursing director at a Spartanburg long-term care facility is seeking court relief on claims she was fired for refusing to help cover up a medication error that sent a resident into a brain-damaging insulin shock. Management at

Damages and Awards

Damages and Awards in Medical Malpractice Cases The voice at the other end of the phone says, “My mother was terribly hurt at the hospital. Will you take my malpractice case?” How should the attorney or the office staff taking this call respond? Medical malpractice cases are among the most complex and costly in the

SETTLES MEDICARE FRAUD CASE FOR $27 MILLION

TENNESSEE-BASED NATIONAL HEALTHCARE CORPORATION SETTLES MEDICARE FRAUD CASE FOR $27 MILLION WASHINGTON, DC – National Healthcare Corporation (NHC) will pay the United States $27 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that the company submitted falsely inflated reports to Medicare, the Justice Department announced today. The government alleged that beginning in 1991 the

Raw data on nursing homes

(Data are for U.S. for year indicated) Number of nursing homes: 18,000 Number of beds: 1.9 million Number of current residents: 1.6 million Average length of stay (current resident): 892 days Number of discharged residents: 2.5 million Average length of stay (discharged resident): 272 days Occupancy rate: 87 percent Source: The National Nursing Home Survey:

Medication Error

Wrong Insulin Dose, Other Neglect Results In $1.05 Million Nursing Home Verdict By Gregory Froom The estate of a diabetic woman whose blood sugar plummeted after she was injected with another patient’s insulin has won a $1.05 million verdict against the Upstate nursing home where she resided. The estate claimed that the 85-year-old patient suffered

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