Bathurst doctor: Bed sores not due to lack of training, but lack of staff

The Vitalite Health Network's Medical Staff Manager for Acadie-Bathurst says bed sores could be avoided if hospitals and nursing homes had more staff to care for bed-ridden patients.

This after a Caraquet family launched a negligence complaint against the network after their 81 year old mother developed severe bed sores while being treated for a broken hip at hospitals in Bathurst, Caraquet and Tracadie.

Dr. Nathalie Cauchon, a physician in Bathurst for over two decades, tells Radio-Canada that such incidents are not due to a lack of training, but because there are not enough occupational therapists, physiotherapists, or nurses working within the health system.

Cauchon believes the incident on the Acadian Peninsula to be an isolated incident but adds it will be used in order to improve future patient care.

(with files from ICI Radio-Canada)