Nursing Home Delayed Month In Treating Skin Condition Which Turned Into Serious Pressure Sore

A nursing home has agreed to pay a state fine after an investigation found several civil violations, including nearly a month's delay in getting a resident treatment for a skin problem that turned into a serious pressure sore (bed sore, pressure ulcer, decubitus ulcer).

State investigators found a total of 16 violations of state and federal rules and regulations governing long-term care at the nursing home.

Among other things, the state says staff did not immediately consult a physician about a resident's dark and reddened skin, which was rubbing against a wheelchair pedal. The resident ended up developing an infection that was serious enough to require hospitalization.

The nursing home on June 22 agreed to pay $1,450 for failing to implement its own policies on skin care, change in patient condition and wound monitoring — all related to one patient after an investigation into a complaint earlier this year.For more, read the story.

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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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