Nursing Home Patient Hospitalized After Developing Severe Sacral Pressure Ulcer

A woman has filed a formal complaint with the state after her husband nearly died due to nursing home neglect. Her husband was admitted to the nursing home with a small pressure ulcer (also known as bedsore, decuibtus ulcer, decubitus sore, and pressure sore). Within a month, the sore had grown to the length of a football.

The man had to be hospitalized for sepsis because the infection had reached deep tissue and muscles. Doctors at the hospital told the man's wife that he likely would have died if the sore was permitted to get any worse. The patient is now on a long road to recovery at another nursing home.

The facility where the neglect occurred has a troubled past. The department of health found the facility had 60 deficiencies in 2010, another 36 last year and this year it was cited with 27 deficiencies. Due to the high number of care deficiencies, the facility is listed as one of the nation's special focus facilities. The repeated violations prompted the state to list the facility as a special focus facility. If the facility is still a special focus facility in March, it will be shut down. 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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