Bedsores and Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home abuse is a major problem in America. Unfortunately, many nursing home owners act as if profits are more important than resident care. If you think that someone you love has been the victim of negligence in a nursing home, you can do something about it. Your effort could even help raise the standard of care at all nursing homes.
One of the major preventible problems in nursing homes, that can be documented is the presence of bed sores.
Bed sores are an awful injury, that develop when the blood flow to raised parts of an largely immoblie persons body areas is reduced or cutoff all together. The interruption in blood flow often develops in bedridden nursing home residents. The pressure from a bed on a person for a long period of time causes the blood supply to skin to be interrupted, causing the skin to die and become a bedsore.
Bedsores can be prevented, by a combination of good hygiene and frequent shifting of the immobilized person. "Bed sores" can also result from sitting for a prolonged period of time, thus they are often called pressure sores.
Pressure sores can develop in several areas when a person is in bed. These sores may be located on the hip-bone area, the lower back, and tailbone. The sores can also develop in many other parts of the body, depending on how the person lays. They may be found on the spinal area, heel, ankles, knees, and shoulders.
These sores often result in significant pain and may require a hospital visit, and as with any injury to an elderly person will require a long recovery period.
Bed sores are a common problem in nursing homes, with most of the victims
over the age of 70. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
found that 12% of nursing homes did not properly treat pressure sores.
The presence of bed sores can be an objective indication that an elderly love done is not being care for properly. If they are confined to bed, chair, or wheelchair, they are at greater risk for bed sores and pressure injuries. The nursing home staff has a responsibility to move the person and make sure they do not sustain these highly preventable injuries.
Lawyers are slowly forcing nursing home owners to be held accountable
for this form of neglect, which may reverse the disturbing rate of preventable
pressure sores in the elderly.
If a loved one has been a victim of nursing home malpractice, you may have legal claims.
Legal action is not about getting even. It's about placing responsibility and raising the standard of nursing home care.
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