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Bedsores, infections prove pervasive in Ohio nursing homes

Caretakers can prevent bedsores in the elderly or disabled by routinely changing the position of the patient. Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, result when nursing home caretakers allow the patient to stay in the same position for prolonged periods.

Besides being painful and unsightly, pressure ulcers can lead to infections. Nursing home patients are typically already vulnerable, so a bedsore infection can potentially cause or contribute to wrongful death.

Bedsores are also a telltale sign of nursing home neglect; indicating that there are likely other aspects of insufficient medical care present.

A woman in Lima, Ohio, recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baton Rouge Medical and Rehab Center of Lima, claiming that a former resident died because he suffered bedsores which became infected.

Specifically, the nursing home neglect lawsuit says that Baton Rouge Medical failed to follow an individualized plan of care and maintain a high level of wellbeing.

Nursing home suits can be difficult to win because the primary witness (the resident) is usually deceased, suffering dementia or struggling with some other health condition that prevents him or her from testifying. Further, nursing homes often keep poor records or fail to document information that may make them look bad.

Source: LimaOhio.com, "Woman Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Nursing Home," Greg Sowinski, July 9, 2014

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