In a recent government report, researchers found that an estimated 29 percent of patients being treated at rehabilitation facilities for recovery from a stroke, injury, surgery, experienced some type of harm during their stays. These harms include bedsores, medication errors, and infections, among others. Nearly half of these harms were clearly or likely preventable.
The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services carried out this oversight study over a broad sampling of rehab facilities that were not associated with hospitals. At these facilities, patients received at least three hours per day of physical and occupational therapy. As a result, researchers presumed that the patients were generally healthier than those confined to hospitals or nursing homes. The patients were randomly selected Medicare patients staying in rehab facilities during March, 2012. During the study, researchers found 158 incidents among 417 patients. The outcome of the study was similar to previous studies, in which doctors found that over 25% of patients in hospitals and over one-third of the patients in skilled nursing facilities suffered harm as a result of the care received at those facilities. The conclusion from the study is that rehabilitation facilities, as well as hospitals and nursing homes, still have a long way to go in order to make the significant improvements that are clearly needed.
When a nursing home resident or rehabilitation facility patient suffers injuries or even death due to harm caused by the neglect and abuse of staff members, you may have legal grounds for a lawsuit against the staff and facility who failed to properly do their jobs. If you or a loved one is in this situation, you should definitely contact an experienced Wisconsin elder abuse attorney at Boller & Vaughn today. We know how to protect your rights and potentially get compensation for any injuries that occurred. Rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes both have a duty to protect their residents and ensure that they receive the appropriate level of supervision. When staff members fail to meet that duty, it is up to you to hold negligent Wisconsin care facilities responsible for their actions. Call Boller & Vaughan today and see what assistance we can offer you and your family.
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