Bed Sores: A Sign of Nursing Home Abuse
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Bedsores occur when there is constant pressure placed on a certain part
of the body for too long. Also called “pressure ulcers” or
“decubitus ulcers,” bedsores create sores on the body that,
if left untreated, can be fatal. They are an entirely preventable occurrence
if treated and monitored properly. In fact, if nursing home staff and
nurses are vigilant and diligently reposition and check their patients,
bedsores might not form in the first place.
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What are bedsores and how do they denote signs of abuse?
Bedsores often occur when an individual is in one position for a prolonged
period of time. Because our movement becomes limited and our bodies become
weaker as we get older, bedsore are more a danger for the elderly than
other groups. The patients that are constantly in bed or in a wheelchair
should take particular care to avoid remaining in one position too long.
Experienced and effective nursing home staff know that patients in lateral
positions for extended periods should be moved
every two hours while patients remaining in sitting positions should be moved
every 15 minutes. If not properly taken care of, the pressure will build and cause skin
irritation, tissue damage, or worse.
Bedsores can cause:
- Severe pain
- Skin irritation and infection
- Bone or joint infection
- Need for an amputation
It is imperative that nursing home staff take the time to ensure that their
patients are receiving the best care possible. Some actions they should
take for their patients are:
- Relieve pressure by using pillows
- Making sure the bedding is clean and dry
- Checking in on patients often
- If they notice lesions, they should treat it immediately
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If nurses or the nursing home staff fail to do these things, they are being
negligent. Your loved one should not have to suffer this abuse. If you
fear that they are being mistreated by individuals appointed to care for
them, contact our California elder abuse attorney at Bostwick & Peterson,
LLP today. We can review your case and help you plan your next legal step!