Province now requires long-term care facilities to report bed sores

Nova Scotia's health department is requiring immediate mandatory one-time reporting of all pressure wounds, or bed sores, at long-term care facilities.

The homes will then have to report all serious bed sores, referred to as level three and four, on an ongoing basis.

The department says the move should improve wound care in long-term care facilities and ensure consistent standards across the province.

Two residents of two separate long-term care facilities died earlier this year after going into septic shock and being taken to hospital with stage four bedsores.

Another resident, from a third different facility, died from the same thing three years ago.