Oregon Live reported the recent lawsuit filed by David E. Pattison for neglect at Avamere Crestview of Portland. Pattison was under doctor’s orders not to walk after back surgery, so he checked into Avamere. The first day there, he says, staff left him unattended in bed. After more than three hours of waiting to relieve himself, he finally — and painfully — made his way to the bathroom on his own, he says. A call button he’d repeatedly pressed “either did not work or was ignored by staff,” states the suit. Staff had not left him a bed pan and Pattison “was unwilling to suffer the indignity of soiling himself,” so he eventually made his way to the toilet, the suit states.
Pattison claims he waited another 45 minutes sitting on the toilet for help, but no one came. When he tried to help himself, he ended up fracturing his pelvis, he says. Pattison’s attorneys say that on their client’s first and only day at the nursing home, he had a view from his bed down the hall to the nurse’s station. But for the entire three-plus hours he waited in bed for a dose of pain medication and help to the bathroom, he saw no one
Pattison filed suit against the corporation that owns the nursing home, Avamere Health Services – claiming that the for-profit nursing home and its staff broke the Hippocratic Oath, “to do no harm.” A searchable database compiled by the Oregon Department of Human Services shows 18 substantiated lapses in patient care from 2007 to present day at Crestview.Among the lapses: failing to provide adequate pain management, a fall that resulted from failing to provide adequate staffing and a resident who developed skin ulcers from the facility’s failure to provide appropriate skin care, according DHS.
Half of the damages that Pattison seeks are for past and future medical care. His suit claims that after he fractured his pelvis, he fell into a downward health spiral. And today, two years after the February 2013 incident, he spends 80 percent of his time in bed. Doctors had expected him to walk again after back surgery, but the pelvis fracture changed that. The other half of damages that Pattison seeks are for his “serious loss of human dignity,” pain and suffering, the suit states.
The suit claims that Avamere’s actions “amounted to gross negligence” because the company was “aware of widespread care deficiencies,” but it “refused to implement adequate measures to correct” those problems. The suit points to substantiated allegations of shortcomings in patient care at both of the nursing homes, dating back to 2007.