Delayed Diagnosis of Rehabilitation Patient's UTI Leads to Septic Shock; $114K Verdict
May 13, 2022 | Aging Services Risk Management
A patient admitted to a skilled nursing facility after hip surgery developed a urinary tract infection (UTI), which went undiagnosed for two days. The delayed diagnosis resulted in a bacterial bloodstream infection and septic shock; the patient nearly died. In a lawsuit the patient brought against the facility and related entities in Florida state court, the jury awarded the patient $114,000, according to an article in the March 2022 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts.
The patient's suit alleged that the defendants were negligent in failing to create an adequate care plan, provide proper care, properly supervise and monitor his care, and diagnose his UTI. The...