The Plaintiff was in a nursing home for rehabilitation after breaking her hip. Her records indicated that she had a sacral pressure sore that healed. However, the prior pressure sore put her at high risk of another breakdown of the skin in that area. The fatal pressure sore was first noted when the size of a pinpoint. Two weeks later, the wound had become a Stage III bedsore. A wound care specialist debrided the wound.
One case surrounding the sepsis death of a dementia patient in an assisted living facility is a reminder that people in facilities need to be monitored by family or friends. This is especially true for dementia patients. This case is also a reminder that sometimes you need to dig deeper for explanations when something goes wrong. There is no evidence whatsoever in this case that the man’s family did not visit and monitor his care.
Most assisted living facilities are quite competent and provide excellent care for residents. Occasionally, however, negligence by staff members can tarnish the reputation of a facility.
In 2013, a 92-year-old male patient (decedent/plaintiff) was admitted to an assisted living facility for care because of his advanced dementia. He was discharged from the facility six months later, on the day after an unannounced inspection by an investigator from the Department of Social Services. Upon discharge he was taken to a local hospital. At the time of his admission to the hospital, his records indicate that he was diagnosed with a stage IV sacral decubitus ulcer (bedsore) and was septic. [Read more…]