Ohio nursing home staff criminally charged

Nursing home residents are entitled to dignified and professional care. When this does not occur, nursing home neglect abuse can have devastating consequences. Criminal charges were recently filed against six Columbus nursing home employees and a contracted nurse practitioner after the neglected two patients who were under their care. One patient died.

One case involves the facility's assistant director of nursing, a floor nurse and the contacted nurse practitioner at that facility. Officials charge that these practitioners did not take adequate measures to treat a patient with serous wounds on his body in Feb. 2017. He died from septic shock one month later after these wounds progressed to gangrenous and necrotic tissue.

The victim rotted to death in this preventable incident, according to the state's attorney general. A grand jury indicted these nurses on Feb. 13 on charges of involuntary manslaughter, gross patient neglect and patient neglect for failing to provide medical treatment to a patient.

Indictments were also issued in a second case involving another patient who allegedly suffered harm because of inadequate care. The facility's nursing staff repeatedly recorded treatments that were never provided to the patient and forged signatures on medical records. A nurse also documented care at times that she was not even at the facility.

The assistant director of nursing and four staff members were indicted on forgery or gross patient neglect charges. Six employees and a contracted nurse practitioner were indicted on 34 criminal charges for both cases.

A spokesperson for the facility said that this treatment was unacceptable, but it acted quickly and immediately fired the staff members charged with these crimes. The facility is not fully aware on the scope of this conduct and asked anyone with relatives who were abused to contact it.

Families who suspect abuse or neglect of family members in these facilities should seek immediate legal representation. An attorney can help assure that residents are treated in accordance with professional and legal standards and that compensation and damages are sought when the acceptable standard of care is not met.

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