Resident's Estate Alleges Failure to Timely Diagnose, Treat Fournier Gangrene; Verdict for Defense

July 27, 2020 | Aging Services Risk Management


In a case in which a nursing home resident's estate sued thenursing home and a physician affiliated with the nursing home for failure totimely diagnose and treat Fournier gangrene, a jury has returned a unanimousverdict in favor of the nursing home and physician, according to an article inthe April 2020 issue of Medical Liability Alert.

The 78-year-old resident had orchitis, or acuteinfection-related testicular inflammation. The plaintiff, the resident'sestate, claimed that the resident had orchitis before he came to stay at thenursing home. The plaintiff also alleged that the resident began showing signsof Fournier gangrene, a necrotizing fasciitis of the genital, perineal, orperianal area, soon after his arrival at the nursing home and that thedefendants failed to timely diagnose and treat the condition. However, thedefendants presented evidence that the orchitis developed after the resident's arrivalat the nursing home and that the gangrene developed after he was transferred tothe hospital. After his transfer to the hospital, the resident underwent foursurgeries, placement of a colostomy bag, and insertion of a permanent Foleycatheter. The resident had a heart attack during...

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