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Nursing home sued over death of Delaware dad; Feeding tube improperly inserted killed man in ’03, lawsuit claims

Dover, DE - A 72-year-old Dover man died in December 2003 because a registered nurse at Green Valley Pavilion nursing home near Smyrna inserted a feeding tube into his abdominal cavity instead of his stomach, according to a lawsuit filed by family members. Michael J. Malkiewicz, attorney for the plaintiffs, said Charles R. Wurzel was admitted to Green Valley on Dec. 11 for short-term rehabilitation after suffering a stroke, arriving with a feeding tube implanted in his stomach a day earlier by a surgeon at Kent generic levitra us General Hospital in Dover. The next day, Malkiewicz said, a nurse reported to her supervisor that the tube had become dislodged, and -- in violation of a Green Valley protocol that called for emergency attention at a hospital or acute care facility -- the supervisor replaced the tube with one that missed the patient's stomach.

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December 15, 2005

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