An elderly man was sent for rehab to a central Pennsylvania facility after breaking his leg at his son’s home on Thanksgiving. The facility was owned by a local hospital. He lived at the nursing home for six weeks, without the therapy he needed to start walking again and, thus, never getting out of bed or a wheelchair. When he developed a fever the family discovered that he had an infected pressure injury on his low back that had infected the bones of his spine.
The only wound care he was given was by an untrained Licensed Practical Nurse and the family was not alerted to the problem until he became septic.
The case settled right before the hospital vice-president was deposed for $400,000.