An article from Chico Enterprise Record states that lawsuits have been filed in the deaths of two patients of Lifehouse Cypress Healthcare Center. The families of the late Donald Dey Sr. and Mary Gustavson are suing for negligence, violations of the health and safety code, and wrongful death.
The first complaint states that on Jan. 12, 2011, Dey was admitted to the hospital for treatment of an infection and kidney disease. After Dey’s condition improved, he was transferred to Lifehouse Cypress for a short stay while they arranged for a home health care nurse to attend to him at home. Dey was admitted as a high risk for falls therefore necessary precautions were needed. Dey was taken to his room and left alone in his bed. Less than half an hour later, Dey was found unconscious on the floor with a head injury. He died two days later as a result of swelling of the brain.
In the second case, Gustavson was transferred to Lifehouse Cypress on Feb. 2, 2011, for short-term rehabilitation. The hospital told the nursing-home staff that Gustavson was to be given doses of morphine sulphate and Xanax "TID." "TID" is an abbreviation of Latin words that mean "three times a day." The complaint says the nursing home staff gave Gustavson the two medicines at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily, while her doctor intended her to have them at eight-hour intervals. This overmedication caused Gustavson to suffer distress and hospitalized with a diagnosis of morphine overdose. She died a few days later of "acute renal failure" caused by the overdose of drugs at the nursing home.
Both of these cases never would have been filed if the facility had an adequate number of qualifed and well-trained staff. These incidents were certainly preventable.