Pensioners must have good care
EARLIER this month The Sentinel reported the death of Elsie O'Donnell, an 88-year-old care home resident, who died of septic pressure sores.
Pressure sores develop in bedridden individuals but are easily prevented by periodically repositioning them. However, when a specialist nurse was called she rated the sores on Mrs O'Donnell as level four, so deep that the bone is exposed. The nurse treated and cured them but a few months later Mrs O'Donnell was admitted to hospital, with more sores, where she died and the coroner recorded the cause of death as 'natural causes.'
On November 10, The Sentinel reported the death of 79-year-old Eric Lee, an ex-serviceman, who died of blood poisoning, due to infected bed sores, at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
There is something wrong with our care services when the death of an elderly bedridden person results from septic bed sores and I would like more people to join our numbers and help us to fight for improvements.
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