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Police investigate resident’s death

Published on July 26th, 2009

New Hampshire’s Union Leader had an article recently about the investigation into the death and possible elder abuse of a nursing home resident.  Detectives were called to the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on June 28 to investigate concerns raised by staff at the hospital about the condition of the man’s wounds.  The man was a resident at The Elms, a nursing home on Elm Street run by SunBridge Healthcare Corp., based in Rochester, N.Y.

Investigators and hospital staff found that the man had serious sores on his legs, which had been wrapped in Ace bandages. When hospital staff removed the bandages, he said, they found that the sores had been neglected. "The skin had grown over the bandages on his leg," said Douglas. "I’ve never seen anything like this."

In addition to the sores, the man’s catheter was blocked with blood, his genitals were extremely swollen, and he had unexplained cuts and abrasions elsewhere on his body. The man was unresponsive to hospital personnel.  The man’s catheter tube had been wrapped so tightly around his leg that significant swelling had occurred.

 

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