The elderly who are living under the care of a nursing home or other assisted
care living facility are the most susceptible to developing bed sores.
This is due to a number of reasons, as the elderly tend to be less mobile,
have thinner skin, may suffer from a medical condition that makes them
more susceptible to bed sores. Also, in some cases, may not have as hearty
immune systems to immediately fight against wounds.
These are part of the reasons bed sores occur frequently in nursing homes.
The development of bed sores is certainly an indication that negligence
may be a factor. Due care and attention is necessary to prevent bed sores
When Nursing Home Abuse Causes Bed Sores
Have you been noticing that your loved has been suffering from bed sores?
Understandably, you might wish to discern whether or not it is due to
a true medical condition or due to neglect or nursing home abuse.
Golomb & Honik, P.C. offers some insight on the top signs that nursing home abuse may be taking place.
Signs of nursing home abuse:
- Weight loss
- Dry skin
Nursing home staff must respond appropriately and immediately upon, especially
for patients who may be susceptible to bed sores. So, for a patient with
limited mobility, the nursing staff must frequently reposition the patient
and take special care to his or her posture. Staying in one position for
too long is what can lead to a pressure wound, known also as a bed sore.
Long-Term Consequences of Bed Sores
If hospital staff is inattentive to bed sores, the problem may only grow
worse. Bed sores most commonly appear on the heels, knees, feet, shoulders,
buttocks, and back of a patient; when left untreated, the conditions can
evolve very seriously into something much worse, such as the loss of a
limb. It may also lead to bone infection, cellulitis—also known
as inflammation of the connective tissues, and sepsis, which is a bacterial
infection of the bloodstream.
Find Legal Representation Today
Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys, our job is to ensure that all families achieve justice when they have
been faced with wrongdoing. If bed sores are connected to nursing home
negligence, we can investigate the circumstances and determine how best
we can fight to help you obtain due compensation for the additional expenses incurred.
To begin, please contact us with a request for a
free case consultation.