Bed Sores from Nursing Home Neglect
No Resident Should have Bed Sores from Nursing Home Neglect
You must act now if a nursing home resident who is a loved one of yours has bed sores, also called “pressure sores.” Contact SI Elder Law for help if you suspect any kind of neglect or abuse in a Southern Illinois nursing home. We will work quickly to get medical assistance for your family member and hold the nursing home accountable, including seeking compensation or your loved one’s losses, and their pain and suffering.
Nursing Home Bed Sores Indicate Problems with Staff or Procedures
Bed sores in nursing homes are usually a sign of neglect.
Nursing homes should establish policies and procedures for assisting immobile residents, identify such residents, and maintain staff in adequate numbers and with training to help residents unable to move on their own. If a resident develops a bed sore, it should be promptly treated so it does not worsen.
Nursing homes are expected to ensure that a resident who enters the facility without bed sores does not develop them unless their clinical condition makes them unavoidable. For example, in a patient whose abnormal or unstable blood pressure was made worse by movement (known as hemodynamic instability) bed sores might be unavoidable, but are still not inevitable. And, this patient would still be due a measure of preventive care to avoid bed sores. A resident who enters with pressure sores or develops pressure sores should receive treatment that promotes healing, prevents infection and prevents new sores.
What Are Bed Sores?
Bed sores occur among people who cannot move to relieve that pressure, such as a nursing home resident who is bedridden. They are painful and, if allowed to progress, cause disfigurement and increased risk of infection.
Other Names for Bed Sores
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The Medical Field also Refers to Bed Sores According to Their Stage of Development
A darkened patch of unbroken skin that may be painful to the touch. If left untreated it will become a bleeding injury (ulcer).
The outer layer of skin (dermis) has broken down and worn away, and damage to the second layer (epidermis) has begun. The sore may be pinkish or red and, if epidermal damage has begun, look like a shallow indentation or a blister.
This is significant wound, causing a deep opening through the skin revealing fat and yellowish dead tissue. There may also be deeper tissue damage that isn’t visible.
This is a large wound with extensive tissue destruction. Muscle, bone or tendons may be exposed, and addition damage under healthy skin around a pressure ulcer is likely.
However, a person living in a nursing home or another kind of skilled-nursing facility should not develop Stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers. Late-stage bedsores are known in the medical community as “never events,” meaning adverse events that are unambiguous (clearly identifiable and measurable), serious (resulting in death or significant disability), and usually preventable.
Knowing Whether a Nursing Home Resident Has Untreated Bed Sores
Where to Look for Nursing Home Bed Sores
Untreated bed sores can develop infections, including sepsis, a potentially deadly infection of the cardiovascular system. In some cases, late-stage pressure sores can lead to squamous cell carcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer that can be caused by chronic wounds. If you encounter bed sores in a nursing home resident, ask staff and management about how they are being treated and how long they have existed. Anytime there is a significant and sudden downturn in a nursing home resident’s condition, you should question it thoroughly until you have a full and satisfactory explanation.
Get Help Today with a Nursing Home Resident’s Bed Sores
File Complaint for Bed Sores from Nursing Home Neglect
Don’t delay if you believe your family member is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. Contact SI Elder Law for a free initial consultation today.