Bedsores in Nursing Homes
Bedsores are signs that an elderly nursing home resident is not receiving enough attention from staff members. They form when an immobile resident remains in one position for too long, and they can have serious health complications for the elderly and may even cause wrongful death. If your loved one has bedsores, contact our Columbus nursing home abuse lawyers at Elk & Elk for legal counsel.
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When to Call a Lawyer
Even if a minor bedsore did not cause your loved one any serious harm, do not ignore its presence. A bedsore is a red flag for nursing home neglect or abuse. Call a lawyer to investigate the nursing home and inspect your loved one’s quality of care. The nursing home could be guilty of neglecting its residents and causing preventable health problems, including bedsores and related infections. Your loved one may have a claim against the nursing home for bedsore-related pain and suffering and medical bills. A lawyer can help.
What Are Bedsores?
Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, happen when prolonged pressure cuts off blood circulation to part of the body. Over time, loss of blood supply can weaken and kill the skin’s tissues, resulting in a sore. Bedsores are most common in patients with limited mobility – especially those in wheelchairs or on bed rest. Bedsores may affect the upper or lower layers of tissues depending on the severity of the damage. Extreme cases may extend down into the deep tissues, tendons, muscles, and bones.
Symptoms of a bedsore include red or white skin, swelling, unusual changes in skin texture, skin that feels too warm or cool to the touch, tenderness, and pus-like drainage from sores. The most common areas for bedsores are parts of the body that press against surfaces, such as the tailbone, shoulder blades, spine, and backs of the arms and legs. Relieving pressure on the area can heal the pressure ulcer, but the patient may need wound debridement and disinfecting if it is an open wound. Severe cases may require surgeries, especially if the bedsore causes a complication such as a bone infection or cancer.
Bedsores and Nursing Home Negligence
If caretakers do not turn or exercise patients often enough, patients can develop bedsores from too much pressure or friction. This is why a bedsore is a common sign of elderly neglect or abuse in nursing homes. High-quality nursing homes are proactive about preventing pressure sores. They keep organized schedules for when to turn or reposition each patient. They avoid other risk factors as well, such as moisture and malnutrition, by keeping elderly residents fresh, clean, and well fed.
Quality nursing facilities will avoid bedsores through proper physical care of a resident. Bedsores are always preventable with frequent enough movement and by keeping fragile skin dry and clean. Nursing homes can take additional measures for high-risk patients such as investing in special sheets, cushions, shoes, wheelchair pads, and beds. If your loved one has developed bedsores, it is a sign that he or she is not receiving adequate care.
Failure to move a patient at least once every two hours, failure to change dirty clothes or sheets, and not inspecting a patient’s body for early signs of sores are acts of negligence that could point to elder neglect. As soon as you discover bedsores on your loved one, talk to an attorney about a potential case against the nursing home. You may be able to save other seniors in Columbus from the same fate and obtain compensation for your family member.
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Elk & Elk is passionate about protecting Columbus’s senior citizens. Bedsores in nursing homes mean something is wrong. Contact us so our local and experienced team of attorneys can investigate your loved one’s care. Request a free consultation at (800) ELK-OHIO.