A bed sore can be a shocking thing to see on a loved one’s body. Is it a sign of nursing home abuse or neglect? Possibly, but not always. It is a reason to be aware of the care being provided.
Bed sores, sometimes called pressure ulcers, are skin lesions that may be caused by unrelieved pressure, friction, continence, medication and shearing forces and other sources. At one point in time, they were the second leading cause of death for people being treated in medical facilities. Bed sores should not be ignored or dismissed.
Any part of the body can develop a bed sore, but bony or cartilage areas such as the elbows, knees, ankles, and sacrum are commonly affected. There are four stages of a bed sore, and a progression from one stage to a worse stage is definitely a red flag in a nursing home. If the bed sore wasn’t discovered until it reached an advanced stage, it’s another reason for alarm in many cases.
If you have more questions regarding the 4 stages, contact our nursing home abuse lawyers at Banville Law.
The skin is our body’s protection from all kinds of infections and diseases. When it’s broken in any way, the body is vulnerable. Bed sores must be taken seriously.
Elderly people are more prone to develop bed sores/pressure ulcers, and medical professionals are well aware of that. The potential seriousness of the injury should be cause for heightened alertness and increased preventive measures.
The most common reasons for the elderly to develop bed sores include:
Bed sores in nursing homes shouldn’t happen with proper procedures. Elderly people restricted to beds must be repositioned at least once every two hours. Elderly restricted to wheelchairs may need to be repositioned every 15 minutes. This has been known for many decades. Hydration is also important to make sure the skin has enough water to resist bed sores. Nutrition provides important vitamins and minerals to the cells of the skin that make them stronger.
The time to call a nursing home abuse attorney is the very moment you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect. It’s always best to get help at the earliest stages possible, as a general rule.
Bed sores are a common sign of nursing home neglect. If you have concerns or doubts, contact the experienced attorneys at Banville Law right away. We’ve seen many cases of bed sores and nursing home neglect. We’ll be able to help your peace of mind or to pursue the matter into court if necessary.
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