Resident Falls and Develops Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores); Southside Virginia Nursing Home Settles

Nursing home resident was permitted to fall on numerous occasions over a five month period, resulting in fractures of her ribs, spine, pelvis, and left hip. The left hip fracture required surgery. The resident was also allowed to develop numerous pressure ulcers (bed sores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers) on her heels, lower back, and hip. Some of the pressure ulcers were recorded to be as large as 10 cm x 10 cm or larger. The resident did not have any pressure ulcers when she was admitted to the facility. The resident died one year after her admission to the facility. The resident’s family pursued a claim against the owners and operators of the facility, which settled the case for mid six figures.

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