Pressure Sores & Wounds
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.
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 and / or heals. Stage 1 bedsores are minor, and are characterized by redness of the skin. Stage 2 bedsores are somewhat worse, and are characterized by blisters or abrasions on the skin. Stage 3 bedsores involve damage to the full thickness of the skin, and Stage 4 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 4 sore, which can become infected and even gangrenous. In these circumstances, often the only treatment option in regard to a heal ulcer is amputation.
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 you called to speak with the nursing home doctor, did he or she take very little time to talk with you or address your concerns about your loved one's pressure sore? Concerned family members are often forced to deal with a part-time doctor who typically is assigned to several different nursing homes and does most of his or her work via telephone. In these frustrating times, our firm can help ensure that your concerns are heard and addressed.
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