Resident Develops Severe Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores) and Dies; Richmond Nursing Home Settles

Resident was admitted to the nursing home without any pressure ulcers. Within several months thereafter, she was permitted to develop a stage IV ulcer to her left outer heel with bloody drainage and necrotic tissue, a stage IV ulcer to her left inner heel with purulent drainage and necrotic tissue, a stage III ulcer to her right heel with purulent drainage, a stage IV ulcer to her right outer ankle with a “heavy” odor and necrotic tissue, and a stage III ulcer to her right inner ankle with purulent drainage and necrotic tissue. The pressure ulcer on the resident’s left foot became infected, she developed osteomyelitis of the left foot, and died as a result of systemic infection caused by the pressure ulcers. The case settled for mid six figures.