The Official Opposition says no one in our long-term care facilities should die because of a bed sore.
Today in the Legislature, PC Leader Karla MacFarlane introduced the Pressure Sore Accountability Act to protect people in long-term care facilities amid growing concerns around pressure sores.
“It is unbelievable that so many of our elderly are living their final days of their life in pain and neglect,” says MacFarlane. “That ends now- we need strong legislation to ensure that no one else is subjected to this kind of disrespect.”
The bill requires all long-term care facilities to provide any patient in their care with a stage three or four pressure ulcer with an airbed, as well as a referral to a wound specialist. The bill would also require all long-term care facilities to release the number of patients with pressures sores, their severity and would apply penalties for facilities that have multiple or repeated issues that are not sufficiently addressed.
The bill is welcomed by Dorothy Dunnington. Dunnington’s sister, 40-year-old Chrissy Dunnington, died of a stage four bedsore described as being “to the bone” in March 2018. Dunnington said her family is extremely grateful that their concerns are being heard, but permanent changes are necessary.
“We are angry and frustrated that it took the death of our beautiful Chrissy to bring the necessary attention to this subject,” says Dunnington. “Temporary measures are not good enough- Our elderly and vulnerable have suffered yesterday, today and will continue to suffer until we make this a priority.”
Robert Silverstein, son-in-law of John Ferguson who died of sepsis because of a stage three pressure sore, says negligence killed his father-in-law.
“It’s criminal that he died from something completely and utterly preventable,” says Silverstein who helped found ‘Family for Quality Eldercare’ after Ferguson’s death. “This lazy approach to caring for our elderly has to end – not tomorrow, right now.”
In June, the province reported 152 stage three and four pressure injuries in long-term care facilities across the province.
The bill can be found on the Nova Scotia Legislature website.