Bed Sores Are a Clear Sign of Nursing Home Neglect
Pressure sores, also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, result from prolonged periods of sitting or lying in one position. Such skin breakdown commonly referred to as “bed sores,” are often avoidable and sustained by bedridden individuals who are not re-positioned often enough. A high number of these individuals are those who live in nursing homes. These people are victims of abuse.
“Pressure sores affect 11 percent of nursing home residents, according to the most recent report on pressure ulcers by the National Center for Health Statistics. Most of these ulcers were completely preventable.”
Pressure sores can also result from incontinence, prolonged periods sitting in a wheelchair, or through the improper placement and use of medical devices. Without proper re-positioning and care, minor irritations of the skin can quickly grow into permanent tissue damage, infection, amputation and even death.
Bed Sore FAQs
- What should the nursing home be doing to prevent bed sores from developing?
- What are the Stages of a Bed sore or pressure ulcer?
- What types of assessments should be made to determine whether a nursing home resident is at risk for bed sores or pressure ulcers?
- What can happen to a nursing home resident who develops bed sores or pressure ulcers?
- What causes bed sores in nursing home residents?
If you or a loved one are suffering from bed sores of pressure ulcers while in the care of an institution similar to a nursing home. Please contact The Rooth Law Firm for a free consultation at 877-356-3007.