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Trial of a $4 million nursing home negligence lawsuit has commenced, with representatives for the alleged victim asserting the people who were supposed to care for her were negligent in their duty, resulting in severe injury. stethascope

According to court documents in Carmon-Rogers v. Sentara Life Care Corp., the patient, a widow, had resided in the nursing home since 2008, after suffering a stroke. She was a full-assist patient, meaning she depended on the nursing staff to meet all of her basic daily needs. As she was unable to get out of bed, she was not able to reposition herself regularly, as necessary to prevent pressure sores.

In March 2014, plaintiff alleges a licensed practical nurse was changing patient’s bed linens when patient was rolled onto her right side at the edge of the bed. The bed linens were then pulled out from underneath her, and the patient rolled out of bed, falling onto the floor. As a result, patient suffered fractures to her right shoulder, left leg, right foot, right ankle and right lower leg. The leg fractures were potentially life-threatening because the tibia became detached from her foot.

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Nursing homes have come under fire in recent years for the widespread use of antipsychotic drugs among elderly patients with dementia, as many centers use the drugs to quell outbursts and aggression, while ignoring the many potentially serious health risks to the patient.colorpills

Now, there is cause for concern among elderly patients regarding another type of drug: Benzodiazepines. These medications are typically prescribed for insomnia or anxiety. However, new research reveals that while these medications are more widely prescribed than previously thought, they may pose particular danger for older patients. Specifically for those in nursing homes, they may contribute to falls and fractures and reduced cognition.

A recent study by the Journal American Medical Association Psychiatry, nearly 9 percent of Americans between the ages of 65 and 80 are prescribed at least one type of benzodiazepines. These sedative-hypnotic drugs can include Klonopin, Xanax, Valium or Ativan. For older women, the rate of prescription is 11 percent.

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