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Bedsores

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 14, 2006
  • 04:21 PM

Hello! My sister had surgery and a few days later she got a bedsore while she was still in CVICU. She had trouble knowing when she needed to have a BM and so she would accidentally have one. I called the nurse to come and help and the nurse told me that she would have to wait for someone to help her (the nurse) and that she (the nurse) thought my sister was doing it on purpose! So my sister had to lay in that mess which of course got into the bedsore which of course got infected. This happened about 2 years ago and I don't know if I have any recourse or not. My sister passed away in Feb 2005 from all the infections she kept getting. Any advice from anyone? Thanks! ChrisS

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  • I would have been yelling and screaming untill some one came and cleaned her. and I would have been *****d that they let my sister get bed sores in the first place.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 02:54 PM
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  • Man, o, man, o, man. this makes me so sad and angry at the same time. Bed sores are so easily treated, and avoided. To many people die from these infections or are left literally for years in agony while those who are carers tear their hair out trying to fix the problem.Any bed sores should be treated with ice, dont stay in the area too long in case of ice burn, or place a very thin cloth between ice and the skin. This kills any and all bacteria when they are infected and helps keep any infection away. I care for a quadriplegic and she never gets sores. She spends all her time in a wheelchair and the only time she got a pressure saw was when the experts gave her an inappropriate cushion to sit on. I treated it with ice and it was gone within the week, along with the inappropriate cushion.Agapesearchingsamunfortunately there is not a lot that can done about medical negligence, those involved get away with it all the time. Yelling the place down demanding a loved one gets attention does work though, especially accompanied with the suggestion it will be reported in writing if something isn't done and given to a patient advocate.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 04:12 PM
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  • Hello!I am a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney. I have handled a similar case where a woman had died from infection due to bed sores acquired during a hospital stay. Although it was a dificult case, we were able to get fair compensation for family members. You have very little time left to file a claim for wrongful death, in most states it is 2.5 years from the date of death and 3 years for negligence claim. If you want to discuss this in greater detail, please get back to me at tgwmn1@aol.com.
    tgwmn1 2 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 07:02 AM
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