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Resident Suffers Severe Burns

Published on June 2nd, 2010

BakersfieldNow had an article about the neglect suffered by Anita Ramirez after spending less than two weeks at LifeHouse Parkview nursing home.  The family discovered that Ramirez ended up with serious burns during her brief stay. Ramirez was sent to the nursing home to resolve a bedsore from a recent hospitalization

"She needed to be turned every two hours," Dias (daughter) said. "And she was on an I.V. antibiotic, and they felt this was the best course of action."

The family soon had concerns about Ramirez’ care.  Another daughter, Amanda Ayala, was very worried and she called police to help get Ramirez transferred to the hospital.  "The same nurse that saw her two weeks or three weeks prior, saw her — and said, What happened to you?" Dias said. "One of the nurses that bathed her cried, and said nobody deserves this."

The doctors then ordered Ramirez to be transferred to the burn center at San Joaquin Hospital. 

"Once they did an evaluation, they came to realize that these were severe burns all over her body," Dias said. The family has photos showing badly damaged and darkened skin. "She literally has no skin left on parts of her body," Dias said.

The article states that Eyewitness News contacted the California Department of Public Health, and spokesman Ralph Montano said the agency "can confirm an on-going investigation regarding Parkview Health Center." He could not say if that relates to the complaints regarding Ramirez.

Checking the state Health Department website, two complaints are currently on file regarding the LifeHouse Parkview facility on Real Road, but one is from mid-March and the other was started in mid-January.

 

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