NJ.com reported the tragic case of Anna Burkhart who developed a large, painful and deadly bedsore while in the care of staff at Oradell Health Care Center. Burkhart was accepted by Oradell after she suffered a fractured right hip on Oct. 30, 2015. Oradell either failed to notice or ignored the bedsore as it developed and grew.
Burkhart was kept in a hospital bed in Oradell for 100 days – until her insurance ran out. Then Oradell discharged the woman, the family brought her home and discovered she was suffering from the sore on her sacrum or lower back.
They rushed her to the hospital, where doctors determined the bedsore, called a Stage 4 decubitus ulcer, had festered for so long that Burkhart had developed fatal sepsis.
The suit alleges “reckless indifference and deliberate disregard” and contends the center violated the New Jersey Nursing Home Responsibility and Rights of Residents Act.
“There was inadequate staff supervision, understaffing and the intentional underutilization of critical services,” the lawsuit states.