Mismanagement of Opiods in Nursing Home Leads to Death

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Mismanagement of Opiods in Nursing Home Leads to Death

Opioids Involved In Nursing Home Deaths

It seems every day we continue to hear of overdoses and tragic deaths from the opioid epidemic facing our nation. This drug abuse can also create a medical malpractice case when patients being provided home care or treatment at residential facilities are failing to receive the correct pain management treatment. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that, “Opioid medications are associated with a large number of adverse drug events in the nursing home. Initiating the use of long-acting opioids (LAOs) in opioid-naïve individuals (those who have never taken opioids) has been highlighted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a potentially dangerous practice.”

Approximately 25 percent of deaths in the United States occur in long-term care facilities – a care setting in which: 1) there is a critical shortage of licensed nurses to properly administer medications, and 2) pain is common and often poorly treated. In 2016, a 70-year-old nursing home patient from Kent County and long-time chronic pain sufferer, died from a mixture of fentanyl and oxycodone — both powerful painkillers.

Drug Deaths Outnumber Traffic Fatalities

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), overdoses of prescription painkillers like opioids account for more deaths each year than cocaine and heroine combined and have more than tripled in the past 20 years, killing more than 15,500 people in the United States in 2009 alone. Our country has also seen a 300 percent increase in the prescription and sale of opioid painkillers since 1999.

Reports coming out of cities like Chicago and several legal cases across the country have shown us that at times medical workers including doctors, not trained in pain management, are prescribing too many doses of these powerful drugs or prescribing them alongside other drugs causing dangerous outcomes for nursing home or residential facility patients. Medical malpractices like these often lead to addictions, overdoses, or deaths that could have been prevented like in the case of the Kent County nursing home resident mentioned earlier.

Medical Malpractice Is a Form of Negligence

Medical Malpractice negligence does not have to come from a doctor. Any number of health care workers can be held responsible for committing medical malpractice, including physician assistants, nurses, and interns. When filing a malpractice lawsuit, family members are able to hold people and organizations responsible for a loved ones death due to negligence, especially when opioid mismanagement was suspected. Nursing homes, and its individual medical professionals, can be held liable for negligent injuries and deaths that occur while a patient is in their facility.

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We understand it can be a difficult time for your family to travel to a lawyer. With offices throughout the State of Michigan, the team at the Law Offices of Lee Steinberg, P.C. can come to you to learn more about your medical malpractice and nursing home concerns. Our team of Michigan nursing home and medical malpractice lawyers is ready to fight to ensure you and your family receives fair compensation and justice.

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By |2017-07-19T15:55:52+00:00June 16th, 2017|Medical Negligence, Nursing home abuse|1 Comment

About the Author:

Eric joined the Law Offices of Lee Steinberg, P.C to fight for injury victims throughout Michigan. He has been selected to Super Lawyers and is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. A graduate of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, he devotes 100% of his practice to representing victims who have been injured by the negligence of others. He is on the Executive Board for the Michigan Association for Justice.

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  1. Jodee Molitor October 26, 2017 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    My mom had an overdose from.a rx.at a.rehab nursing home facility. It was for.20 my vicoden every four hours and she was 83 and on dialysis. She went into an overdose 3 days later even after seeing her primary during that time. She was I a coma for two days and needed 24 pca the rest of her life aND never walked again needed a wheelchair and also.oxygen which she didn’t use previously. The state investigated and sent a letter saying they were done investigating and that it didn’t mean the didn’t find them at fault. I was informed to contact an atty soon as its a year this month it happened but it took the state 6.months to investigate.

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