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Nursing home negligence: Man dies after given wrong medicine

Published on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:34 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Trusting a loved to be cared for by someone else is a difficult decision, but it is often necessary for their care. Sadly, nursing home negligence and medical malpractice often occurs in Maryland nursing home facilities, placing patient’s lives and health at risk. A widow has filed a lawsuit against a nursing home and its owner following his unexpected death.

The 72-year-old man had been in the hospital and was transferred back to the nursing home facility where he had been prior to his hospitalization when an error occurred in his care. On the same day, another patient was admitted to the facility, and both patients arrived with prescribed medication lists. According to the lawsuit, a nurse mixed up the medication lists, and the men received each other’s medications for three days.

The victim received three days of diabetic medication along with various other medications that was not prescribed for him. On the fourth day, he was discovered unconscious. A blood glucose test revealed that his blood sugar was dangerously low, but he regained consciousness after he was given some orange juice and a sugar solution. Unfortunately, his blood sugar dropped again the following day, and this time they were not able to revive him. He was transferred to a hospital where he died almost two weeks later.

It is understandably upsetting to learn a loved one has suffered from nursing home negligence or malpractice. Families who wish to pursue legal actions against those believed responsible could benefit from speaking to an attorney in Maryland familiar with similar cases. If a civil lawsuit results in compensation, it will not replace a loved one, but it may help alleviate the unexpected resulting financial burden.

Source: stltoday.com, “Robert Baehr got the wrong medicine at a Florissant nursing home. Then he died.“, Blythe Bernhard and Joel Currier, Sept. 2, 2017

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