A medical malpractice lawsuit filed with the D.C. Superior Court Thursday alleges that a man was improperly treated for an ulcer at the GW Hospital in 2017.
In a 12-page complaint, Kevin Gimlett claims that hospital’s doctors did not follow standard care for treating and preventing an ulcer he acquired in August 2017 after being admitted for an inflamed pancreas. Gimlett is requesting $10,000,000, saying his quality of life worsened and that he needed to pay for medical bills and home modifications as a result of the maltreated ulcer.
The complaint states the hospital “deviated” from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s guidelines for treating ulcers. Hospital doctors provided Gimlett with a bed that was “insufficiently wide for the dimensions of his body” and did not turn him in his bed every two hours to shift his weight – violating the panel’s standard ulcer care – according to the complaint.
Gimlett claims there was a discrepancy between a doctor and a nurse in assessing the severity of the ulcer at the time he was transferred out of the hospital to another facility in September 2017. He is also arguing hospital staff did not provide him with a wound care consultation until five days after they discovered the ulcer.
“Defendants failed to timely recognize that wound-staging status changed aggressively with progressive wound deterioration, indicated by a measurable increase in wound dimensions, change in tissue quality and persistent sustained signs of underlying infection,” the complaint states.
A spokeswoman for GW Hospital did not return requests for comment. Gimlett’s lawyers also did not return requests for comment.