Woman’s family sues after she passes from bedsore complications

Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, are sores that develop on the skin because of pressure caused by lying in one position. People that go through certain medical procedures can be especially susceptible to them, so staff at care centers need to be attentive to the risk of bedsores and alleviate any pressure buildup. If the staff at a care center is negligent in these duties, there can be dire consequences.

In September 2014, Gabrielle Cohoon fell and fractured her hip. The resulting surgery left her susceptible to pressure ulcers, so staff at the Country Care Convalescent Hospital was allegedly supposed to use pressure-reducing devices and ensure that she was turned and repositioned every two hours. However, staff “utterly ignored” Cohoon’s needs, the filing states.

Cohoon began losing weight and showing psychotic behaviors, such as instructing her adult children to finish their homework. When her children mentioned these behaviors to staff at the care center, they were informed that sometimes people in Cohoon’s situation become anxious and have nervous breakdowns.

The lawsuit also alleges that staff ate Cohoon’s food instead of feeding her.

When the family finally spoke with an administrator, they were told that Cohoon had developed a sore the size of an orange on her tailbone. In November 2014, Cohoon began suffering from breathing problems and was rushed to a local hospital, where she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, dehydration and malnutrition.

Despite being placed on antibiotics and hydration, Cohoon died two days after being admitted to the hospital, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit contends that her death was a “direct result” of Pacific Christian Care Services’ administrators “unlawfully misdirect(ing)” available operations funding – including staffing costs – in order to “unlawfully enrich themselves.”

Source Article: The Tribune, “Atascadero convalescent hospital sued after woman’s death” 24 October 2016

What can you do to prevent firearm accidents? Find out here.