Study Reveals One In Three Patients Harmed In Nursing Homes

A recent report verified that 1 in 3 skilled nursing patients were harmed in treatment while residing at a nursing home facility. The injuries induced included medication errors, infection and other types of harm due to treatment. Doctors said 59% of the injuries could have been preventable. The estimated cost for readmitting patients was estimated at $208 million just for the month that the study took place.

Out of those that were harmed, 22 percent experienced long term damage, while 11 percent had temporary damage. “(The report) tells us that many of us have suspected – there are vast areas of health care where the field of patient safety has not matured,” said a doctor from Johns Hopkins Medicine, who researches health care quality.  The report studied more than 600 random patients from over 600 facilities. For more, read the story

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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