Individuals with severe disabilities and the elderly rely on nursing homes to provide assistance for everyday activities. While nurses in these facilities provide a commendable service, there are cases where they harm patients. Possible acts of negligence committed nurses in these facilities may include:
- Medication errors: Nursing home patients typically require doses of prescription and over-the-counter medications. However, nurses can make mistakes while providing these drugs. Medication errors could include providing too high or too low of a dosage. A nurse may also provide the wrong type of medication.
- Lack of supervision: Some patients may have certain health conditions that warrant additional supervision and services. For example, if a patient is a fall risk, then certain precautions could be put in place to protect his or her safety. Other patients could have heart conditions that require around-the-clock monitoring. If patients are not supervised, they could be harmed.
- Failing to provide basic care: Nurses are required to prevent bedsores. Patients may also need bandages or dressings changed. These are only a few examples of duties a nurse may perform. If these duties are neglected, patients can be seriously harmed. For example, bedsores can turn into life-threatening infections.
- Abuse and neglect: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are six types of nursing home abuse and neglect. These include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, financial abuse and abandonment. However, nursing home staff in general may be guilty of abuse or neglect.
What Should I Do if I Suspect Nursing Home Malpractice?
Our list only included a few possible examples of what might be considered malpractice in nursing homes. Certain conditions must be met before you would be able to file a malpractice claim. There are also additional parties that may be responsible when patients are harmed by negligence. This is why it is important to speak to an attorney if you believe a loved one is being harmed by nursing malpractice.
The New Jersey nursing malpractice attorneys at Donald G. Targan & Associates can review your claim to help you determine whether malpractice has occurred.