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Nursing home staff allegedly caused infection with feeding tube

It is not surprising to many people in Albany that there are a variety of staff members in a variety of roles at a nursing home. What some people are trained to do is far beyond the scope and duty of many other staff members and it is important that only those who are fully capable and trained to perform a serious medical procedure do so. If someone with improper training or educational experience were to try and prescribe a new medication, for example, he or she would be putting that patient's life at risk.

Unfortunately for one woman, one of her nursing home caretakers seems to have done just that. The now-58-year-old woman had been admitted to a nursing home in May 2010 for help with her severe multiple sclerosis. She had previously been in the hospital because of a brain injury and, when she arrived at the nursing home, she was still confused and hallucinating.

It was under these conditions that she had pulled out a gastric feeding tube that was connected to her stomach. A staff member tried to reinsert the tube, but he or she allegedly was not qualified to do so. Not having the technical expertise in inserting feeding tubes, the caretaker failed to get the tube back into the stomach, instead sending liquid nutrition into the woman's abdominal cavity.

The next day, the woman was feeling the effects of the inappropriately-placed feeding tube: her belly was distended and she had a fever and infection. Eventually, she was forced to go back to the hospital and stayed for five days.

Now, the woman's daughter is suing on her behalf, alleging that the nursing home was negligent in its care of her mother.

Source: Journal North, "Nursing Home Sued Over Tube Infection," Jackie Jadrnak, Aug. 30, 2012

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