Nursing Home Complaint Center Launches Initiative to Prevent Sepsis Deaths

The Nursing Home Complaint Center (NHCC) announced last week that they will be launching a national initiative to increase public awareness of sepsis and septic shock in 2013.  According to the NHCC, sepsis and septic shock are at epidemic levels among the nations' nursing home patients and have resulted in many needless and preventable deaths.

Sepsis, an infection that occurs when bacteria enters the bloodstream, is commonly the direct result of an untreated bed sore (also known as pressure sore, pressure ulcer, decubitus sore, and decubitus ulcer). When a nursing home neglects to treat a patient's bed sores, the patient often develops sepsis. The nursing homes respond to the infection by having the patient rushed to a local hospital, but often it is too late to help, and the patient dies.

As a part of the initiative, the NHCC is encouraging family members to obtain medical power of attorney to ensure they are notified of any bedsores their loved one may develop. NHCC also asks families to contact them immediately if their loved one develops sepsis in a nursing home so that they can ensure a prompt investigation. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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