Bedsores, Staph, and Sepsis Lead Nursing Home to be Sued for Wrongful Death August 11, 2014.
August 3, 2014, theledger.com reported that a woman suffered from bedsores, dehydration, and several infections, including staph and sepsis, before dying at the nursing home where she resided for nearly two years. One of the woman’s six children has filed a wrongful death lawsuit for neglect.
Three years ago, the CDC said 20 percent of septic patients over age 65 die after being hospitalized. Septicemia is the most common reason nursing home residents are transferred to the hospital, according to modernhealthcare.com, which defined
Sepsis can enter the bloodstream through bedsores, or pressure sores, when a patient becomes bedridden. The most likely candidates to develop bedsores are elderly people who are too weak or malnourished to move, spinal cord injury victims, and
One resident’s son and daughter said their mother fell at least 14 times, was left lying on the floor up to 20 minutes after a fall in the bathroom, and developed bedsores. According to the article, "When [they] took her to an outside doctor for treatment … the assisted-living facility failed to follow the doctor’s wound-care instructions. As a result, the lawsuit charges Marie-Rose developed a Stage IV pressure sore that became infected, required surgical treatment and other procedures, ‘all of which caused or contributed to causing her death.'"
If you have questions about a loved one’s bedsores or sepsis death, attorney Chris Mellino invites you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation before Ohio’s statute of limitations expires on your potential claim.