Nurses Accused of Failure to Provide Wound Care
Recovering from injuries can take a lot of time and effort. In a nursing home environment, staff members must be proactive to ensure that patients receive the best possible care. Part of that means that they must be trained in wound care and know how to properly clean and dress wounds.
Two South Carolina nurses have been accused of nursing home neglect after failing to tend to the injuries of two residents at a Spartanburg County nursing home They were arrested and charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult back in December 2022.
The charges against the nurses claim that they both intentionally failed to change wound dressings at the skilled nursing facility. This neglect caused the wounds to increase in size. The nursing home, Magnolia Manor, was the one who reported the incident to law enforcement. The facility is fully cooperating with investigators.
Both nurses still have active nursing licenses at this time. However, the Attorney General’s Office plans to prosecute both nurses, although their penalties are not known. However, the charge of neglect of a vulnerable adult is a felony under state law and carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. Both nurses are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Generally, people hope that their loved ones are cared for appropriately if they are in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility. However, neglect and abuse can occur.
A family member may notice that the wound dressing on their loved one has not been changed and notify management. Other staff members may be alerted to neglect by the patient or following an examination and notify the appropriate authorities. Regardless of the circumstances, it is important to always be vigilant when your loved one is receiving nursing or rehabilitation care.
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