Everything listed under: pressure ulcer

  • 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...

  • Man “Rots to Death”, Stems Lawsuit and Criminal Charges Against Nursing Home Staff

    According to the family of a man who died from an infected decubitus ulcer, the nursing home staff is to blame for his preventable death. The patient was a resident of the nursing home for two years and was just 57 years old. The pending lawsuit states that the massive infection resulted in septic shock, which ultimately killed him.In addition to the lawsuit, the state’s Attorney General indicted several facility staff with involuntary manslaughter charges.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Dies, Facility Files Lawsuit

    A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed for a male patient who died of septic shock at the age of 57. The patient suffered from a massive pressure ulcer.  The facility failed to provide the care necessary to help prevent and heal the wound. “You’re trusting where they’re at that they’re getting the care that they need,” said the deceased patients sister.   Read More...

  • Assisted Living Patient Wound Untreated, Amputation Required; Facility Settles

    An 87-year-old patient was, at all times relevant while at an assisted living facility, at high risk for falls due to a history of falls, physical impairments, and associated functional deficits, among other medical conditions and limitations.On August 22, 2012, the assisted living facility left the patient unsupervised and unattended and permitted her to fall. The patient was found on the floor and complained of severe pain in her left leg.The patient was transported to the hospital, where she ...  Read More...