Nursing home fails to turn patient over regularly, bed sores develop and become fatal.
Moran Law by Michael F. Moran and Lisa Trinh Flint, Santa Ana.
Garcia Artigliere Medby & Faulkner by Stephen Garcia, Long Beach. (For AG Facilities Operations, LLC and AG Arcadia, LLC dba Country Villa Huntington Drive Healthcare Center.)
Wilson Getty LLP by William Wilson, San Diego. (For Country Villa Service Corp. dba Country Villa Health Services.)
Michael Bain, M.D., wound care, Newport Beach.
Mary Ransbury, R.N., nursing, Huntington Beach.
Edward Barton, M.D., Pasadena. (Treating Neurologist.)
Robert Siew, M.D., Los Angeles. (Treating Internist.)
Karl Steinberg, M.D., internal medicine, Oceanside.
Jerilyn Ratto, R.N., nursing.
Ms. Porter was transferred from Methodist Hospital into Country Villa Huntington Drive Healthcare Center on July 4, 2012 for continued antibiotic treatment for her left foot ulcer. She was admitted with no skin breakdown other than her left foot ulcer. Defendants assessed Ms. Porter as a high risk for skin breakdown and developed a Care Plan that required the nursing staff to keep Ms. Porter clean and dry, showered at least 2 times a week, and turn and reposition her at least every two hours. Based on the evidence presented, the Arbitrator found that Ms. Porter was not turned every 2 hours even after the family complained to the Director of Nursing. Defendant’s nursing staff failed to chart when the turning was done in spite of requirements in their own policies and procedures that the nursing assistant document the date, time and position change.
Plaintiffs contend that decedent, Patricia Porter, was at risk for skin breakdown and defendants failed to turn and reposition her at least every two hours which caused her to develop a Stage 4 pressure sore on her coccyx and bilateral heels. Ms. Porter died within 4 months of her discharge from Country Villa Huntington Drive Healthcare Center from sepsis from her Stage 4 coccyx pressure sore.
Defendants argued that the pressure sore was unavoidable.
Coccyx Stage 4 pressure ulcer, death.