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Bedsores are potentially a sign of nursing home abuse and neglect

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | Nursing Home Negligence |

Residents of nursing homes go into these facilities because they need considerable care and assistance. They count on staff members to take care of everything they need.

For those who don’t have the mobility that they once had, mobility assistance is sometimes necessary. When they don’t get that help, they may suffer injuries, such as bedsores. These pressure ulcers can impact individuals who are bedbound, as well as those who use a wheelchair.

Signs of a bedsore

A bedsore is an open ulcer on the skin. At first, it may look red and irritated. As it progresses, the skin may change color and swelling might occur. Pus and fluid can drain from the sore and it will likely be painful. Pressure sores can become infected, so be on the lookout for a foul smell or warmth at the site of the ulcer. Some people may run fever.

Causes of bedsores

Bedsores are caused by constant pressure or shearing of the skin. These sores occur predominantly on bony areas, such as the hips, tailbone, spine, shoulder blades, lower back and ankles.

Treatments for bedsores

One of the most important bedsore treatments that must occur involves relieving the pressure. On top of that, wound care is critical. This includes cleaning the wound and keeping it covered. Medications to relieve pain and inflammation might be necessary, and antibiotics are needed if there’s an infection present. Some patients may need specialized treatments to address a pressure ulcer, possibly including debriding of the wound or using treated coverings to protect the skin.

Residents who suffer from bedsores, especially those that are left to worsen, may need urgent medical attention. This can be costly and have a negative impact on their mental and physical health. They may opt to pursue a compensation claim based on the negligence or abuse they suffered in the nursing home. Working with a legal representative who’s familiar with these matters may make it easier to tie the bedsores to the actions of the staff members, which is the foundation of such cases.