Pressure Ulcer Infection Leads to Nursing Home Resident's Death

An elderly woman died from an infection after a severe foot wound was dismissed as a blister by hospital staff. The 86-year-old woman was treated at the hospital, but staff failed to dress her foot appropriately and sent her back to a nursing home saying the ‘blister’ had healed.

Her condition slowly deteriorated and the sore became infected. The woman died a few months later. A post mortem examination established that her death was caused by a severe infection due to the sore. The coroner said there had been a ‘gross failure of nursing care’ at both the hospital and the nursing home where the woman was a resident.

The Woman's foot wound was discovered by her daughter  after nurses failed to spot it. Nurses later admitted that the sore should have been noticed earlier and that it could have been prevented from getting worse. 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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