Pressure Sores And Other Wounds May Indicate Neglect

The requirement to turn and reposition nursing home patients to prevent bedsores (also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers) and other wounds is often neglected when a nursing home or other assisted living facility is understaffed or has insufficient supervision or improper training.

At the law office of Klein & Carney Co., L.P.A., in Cleveland, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home patients and their families in nursing home neglect and abuse cases. We understand and appreciate how important the health and safety of your loved ones are to you.

Understanding The Different Stages Of Pressure Sores

Nursing home pressure sores generally develop when a resident is left in bed, in a wheelchair or in a chair for too long. This results in a breakdown of the soft tissue, commonly on the coccyx, buttocks or heals. Stage one bedsores are minor, and are characterized by redness of the skin. Stage two bedsores are somewhat worse, and are characterized by blisters or abrasions on the skin. Stage three bedsores involve damage to the full thickness of the skin, and stage four bedsores extend into the muscle, tendons and even bone.

Nursing home pressure sores are dangerous because they can develop very rapidly, especially if a resident is not turned and repositioned as often as is ordered. They can also be difficult to treat. The worst cases arise when a bedsore forms, but the resident does not receive appropriate and timely treatment interventions. This often results in a stage four sore, which can become infected and even gangrenous. In these circumstances, often the only treatment option in regard to a heal ulcer is amputation.

Your Advocate When Nursing Home Injuries Could Have Been Avoided

The reality is, however, that most bedsores can be prevented by regular preventative care. The patient's position should be regularly shifted and caregivers should take extra care to ensure that the nursing home resident is not malnourished or dehydrated. This requirement to regularly shift patients to prevent bedsores must be performed diligently. The failure to do so is a common form of neglect. By simply adhering to a basic standard of care, nursing homes and assisted living facilities can spare your loved one unnecessary physical and mental anguish.

If your loved one has nursing home pressure sores, please contact Klein & Carney now to discuss your claim for nursing home neglect or abuse. Our attorneys are available for a free telephone consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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