Nursing Home Resident Dies “Naturally” from Sepsis, Family Suspects Neglect

The family of a nursing home resident who developed a stage IV pressure ulcer and ultimately died from sepsis is suspicious of neglect. The county coroner is not investigating the death because the death certificate has the cause listed as natural, not suspicious or unusual.  However, the family believes there may have been foul play.   

The local coroner in this area is actually working to change the local laws so police and coroners can investigate any deaths in these facilities, not just ones that physicians or nurses deem “unnatural.”  “I think we need to be able to investigate these deaths when they happen just like any other death,” the local coroner mentioned in an interview.  For more, read the story.