Feeding tubes are extremely common among nursing home residents. These tubes — called percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy or PEG tubes — pass through the abdominal wall directly into the stomach. They provide nourishment for those who cannot eat or swallow.
However, PEG tubes come with risks, and they require meticulous care to avoid dangerous complications such as:
- Aspiration of feeding tube contents
- Gastrointestinal illness
- Infection of the tube site
- Dislodgement of the tube
- Bowel perforation
- Severe pain
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Interactions with medications
Improper Care In Nursing Homes
Elderly patients with PEG tubes often have fragile health. They may be suffering from advanced dementia or Alzheimer's. They may have had a stroke that left them unable to function normally.
Sadly, because of inadequate care, many of these patients end up on a downward spiral that they never recover from. These tragic cases are especially common in nursing homes. Some staff and facilities simply aren't equipped to care for a patient with a PEG tube. They don't monitor the tube site or maintain proper hygiene. They don't administer feedings correctly. And, when problems arise, they don't take swift action to get the patient treatment in a competent facility.
Get Help For Your Loved One
If this sounds like your loved one's situation, contact our lawyers at Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A. We have handled numerous cases involving PEG tube mismanagement that led to serious health consequences (or even death). Based in the Miami area, our attorneys have decades of experience fighting for the rights of elderly patients across Florida.
Learn more by contacting us at 305-670-2000. Your initial consultation is free, and you won't owe any attorney fees or costs unless we're successful.