Nursing Home Resident Dies from Sepsis, $1 Million Awarded for Damages

One nursing home was ordered to pay $1 million in damages following arbitration for a resident that developed a pressure ulcer and later died of sepsis. According to court records, this resident was ordered by a physician to begin using a low-air mattress after a pressure ulcer was revealed. The air mattress reportedly arrived to the facility eight days after the order was made.

Court records also revealed other reasons why the pressure ulcer may have continued to deteriorate under the facility’s care. The facility may have also neglected to turn and re-position the resident every two hours as ordered, as well as permitted the resident to sit in a wheelchair for extended periods of time. For more, read the story.