An Arkansas woman has filed a nurse malpractice lawsuit against Northwest Medical Center, alleging that the skin injuries she suffered while recovering from back surgery were caused by her nurse’s negligence.
Lila Mae Simmons underwent successful back surgery in 2007 and was recovering when a nurse injured her by pulling on a bed sheet that had dried and was adhered to the skin of her buttocks region. The result was what is known as a “mechanical skin sheer injury” and Ms. Simmons claims that the nurse in question should have known that she was at risk due to her reduced mobility, age related skin changes and the medication she was on at the time.
Additionally, the lawsuit claims that the nurses at the medical center should have implemented a medical care plan which involved repositioning the patient every couple of hours and ensuring that her skin was kept dry. According to medical records, this was not done.
She is seeking unspecified damages. The hospital declined to comment on the pending litigation.