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Nursing home suit: Bed sores progress into debilitating infection

A man has filed suit against a nursing home after his father's bed sores turned into a widespread infection.

The lawsuit alleges that the resident developed pressure ulcers, or bed sores, while living at Stearns Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. The nursing home was aware that the patient had limited mobility and suffered from incontinence, so he should have repositioned frequently to prevent the pressure sores. According to the complaint, that did not happen.

While pressure sores are painful and preventable, in extreme cases they can be deadly.

In the aforementioned lawsuit, pressure ulcers on the patient's coccyx, sacrum, hip, ankles and heels led to serious complications. The coccyx bed sore progressed into a urinary tract infection, then sepsis. The man then suffered pneumonia, malnutrition and kidney disease.

The nursing home malpractice claim seeks more than $350,000 from the defendant.

The allegations in the suit are disturbing but not rare. Nursing homes are often understaffed and have poorly trained or incompetent workers caring for patients. If an aide is cuts corners in patient care, the consequences can be fatal.

Source: Madison-St. Clair Record, "Granite City Nursing Home Blamed For Causing Man's Severe Infection," March 31, 2014

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