Lawsuit Alleges Hospital Bed Sores Hastened Patient’s Death

The children of a deceased Santa Fe woman have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center alleging that the hospital staff failed to protect her against bed sores after hip replacement surgery.
According to one media report concerning the lawsuit, “Maria Roybal suffered a broken hip at her home Dec. 18. After undergoing hip-replacement surgery, she was put on a medical floor where she was under the care of nurses and others, but she developed decubitus (pressure) ulcers because hospital personnel failed to properly assess and treat her skin condition.”
The malpractice lawsuit alleges that the bedsores hastened the patient’s death