Bed and Pressure Sores in Nursing Homes
Nursing home residents across the country can face many different types of abuse and neglect because of understaffing or improperly trained employees. One common type of abuse or neglect is when a resident develops bed or pressure sores that could have been avoided with appropriate care. Pressure sores can become infected resulting in the need for additional medical treatment and more medical conditions and concerns. If you have noticed a pressure sore or bed sore on someone you love or suspect that are at risk of getting this type of injury you should immediately bring the condition to the attention of the nursing home and the resident’s doctor. Make sure the issue is being addressed before it is too late. If the nursing home fails to remedy the situation then feel free to contact one of our Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers to discuss options. They will listen to your claim and see to it that you receive the compensation you may entitled to for your injured loved ones.What is a Pressure or Bed Sore?
A pressure sore can occur on the skin when excessive and constant pressure is applied to areas of the body that have fewer cushions over a large amount of time. The blood to these parts of the body is being constricted and causes the skin tissue to die. This dying of the tissue causes a sore to develop on that area of the body. A pressure or bed sore can develop on any body part, however, the most common places for this type of injury to develop include:
- On the butt
- On or near the head
- On the back
- On your near the heals
- On the ankles
A pressure sore usually develops when there is a lack of proper care for a nursing home resident. This improper care can include failing to turn or reposition a resident every couple hours, failure to properly bath or wash a resident and failure to provide the proper amount of nutrition and hydration to a resident.What can happen if a Pressure sore goes untreated?
When a nursing home resident gets a pressure sore is important to seek the proper treatment right away. When a pressure sore goes untreated, there can be large amount of pain for the resident as well as all types of infections, sepsis, gangrene, the loss of limbs where the pressure sore is located and even death.What type of Tennessee Nursing Home resident is most at risk for Pressure Sores?
A pressure sore can happen to anyone who does not move around often and has tissue that may be bony or thin. However, nursing homes are required to monitor patients that may be at a higher risk for developing these sores. Nursing home residents who have the following medical conditions typically have a higher risk for pressure sores:
- People who are immobile due to being confided to a wheelchair or bed because of a fall or other injury
- People who do not receive adequate nutrition and hydration
- People who have peripheral vascular disease
- People who have diabetes
Nursing homes are required by law and regulations to help prevent pressure sores or bed sores whenever possible. Some of the most common ways to prevent these sores from occurring include but are not limited to:
- Moving or repositioning residents every few hours
- Making sure a resident gets a proper bath or shower and is properly cleaned and dried.
- Making sure a resident receives the proper amount of nutrients and hydration
- Using medical equipment and supplies for patients that cannot move around to help prevent sores
If someone you care about has developed a pressure sore due to improper nursing home care, the first step you need to take is making sure it is treated immediately. After seeking treatment, it is strongly advised that you speak with one of our compassionate and knowledgeable Tennessee pressure sore and nursing home attorneys at the Higgins Firm. We care about our clients and will hear your case and determine if the nursing home was negligent. If negligence is found, we will fight for you to receive the compensation you may be eligible for.
Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.