Bedsores are caused when patients are not turned regularly, or are left in poor hygiene. They may become infected if not spotted and treated quickly.
While in most cases the sores and infections were not the cause of death, experts said their presence demonstrated that thousands and thousands of patients were receiving poor care during the last days and weeks of their lives.
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When people are admitted to hospital, they are weak and vulnerable, and they have to trust in the health service to care for them.
“Instead, tens of thousands of people are dying every year while afflicted with bedsores and infected wounds – this is as shaming as an indictment of the care they received as it is possible to see.” says California Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer Steven Peck.
No one facing the end of their life should have to go through any unnecessary discomfort and distress from bedsores and septicaemia, caused when the bed sores, and decubitus ulcers become infected.
“It is critical for nursing homes and hospitals across the USA to ensure that everyone receives high quality essential care, so that no one has to suffer the indignities of severe pain and suffering and sometimes death caused by untreated and infected bed sores,” says Peck.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.