Everything listed under: pressure ulcer

  • Large Percentage of Nursing Home Residents Develop Preventable Health Issues Following Hospitalization, According to New Study

    A new study has been released concerning nursing home patients’ health after following hospitalization.  According to the study, about 70% of nursing home residents who are admitted to a hospital develop unnecessary health issues upon returning to the nursing home facilities.  Among these health issues include the development of bed sores, infections, and injuries sustained from falls.     “Adverse events are occurring due to transition-related issues, such as being rele...  Read More...

  • Family Expresses Present Concern with Nursing Home Conditions, Mentions Relative's Prior Experience

    One family is sharing a personal story following the recent report that exposed several nursing home facilities nationwide for habitual inadequate care. According to a woman, her mother-in-law experienced alleged neglect at one of the nursing home facilities that made the disheveled list. The daughter-in-law had reported neglect several years ago after her relative developed a large pressure ulcer on her back while in the facility’s care.   Read More...

  • Man Dies from Pressure Ulcer Complications after Hospital Stay, Investigation Pending

    A family is mourning the death of their loved one who died in comfort care after suffering complications from a decubitus ulcer, or pressure sore. According to the coroner’s report, the decedent’s “massive” pressure sore had become seriously infected following a hospital stay. The hospital’s CEO has since apologized to the family for the tragic situation, and an investigation is currently pending.   Read More...

  • Bedridden Man at Hospital Develops Unstageable Pressure Ulcer, Family Unaware for Months

    One family recently discovered an unstageable pressure ulcer, or bed sore, on their bedridden father’s backside after his admittance to a hospital following. The family had been taking turns visiting their father at this hospital for months without knowledge of the hidden pressure ulcer that had been forming. As a result, their father had developed sepsis, which spread into his bones and blood.   Read More...

  • 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.   Read More...

  • Son Believes Mother’s Pressure Ulcer May Have Caused Her Death, Hospital Re-evaluates Protocol

    A woman has died after spending over a year in between hospital walls. While in the hospital, the decedent developed a terrible pressure ulcer which exposed her bone and expressed a foul odor. The survived children described their mother as very active before she was admitted to the hospital after breaking her hip in her own home.   Read More...

  • 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&r...  Read More...

  • Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes under Scrutiny for Neglect, Underprivileged Care

    Some Veterans Affairs nursing homes have recently faced criticism for veterans' care, each instance ranging from moderate to severe neglect. At one VA nursing home, a demented resident had allegedly caught his foot in the crevices of his wheel chair and remained unassisted for several hours. Inspectors reported that staff would walk past the helpless resident yet no one paused to assist.   Read More...

  • Man Dies from Sepsis under Nursing Home Rehabilitation Care, Settlement Awarded

    One man’s death by sepsis following admission to a nursing home rehabilitation center resulted in a generous lawsuit settlement. The decedent had some preexisting medical conditions, such as diabetes and amputation below his knee; however, at the time of admission his body was free from pressure ulcers.Three weeks following admission to the rehabilitation facility, the man was admitted to a hospital where it was determined he developed a stage two pressure ulcer. When he was discharged fro...  Read More...

  • New Bill Proposed Would Punish Short-Staffed Nursing Homes

    One state lawmaker is proposing a bill that may increase quality patient care in nursing homes. Currently, there are no federal regulations for establishing how many caregivers must be employed at a nursing home facility. Some patient advocates and regulators believe the low employment and under-staffing translates to poor care for patients.   Read More...