Nursing Facility Abuse and Bedsore Injury Attorneys Serving the Louisville, KY Area
Bedsores, also called pressure ulcers, occurs when a patient can sit or lie in the same position for an extended period.
Serious bedsores are also a sign of neglect or abuse, and commonly seen in nursing homes and hospitals where inadequate care is given to patients and residents.
What are Bedsores?
When a person is confined to their bed or wheelchair, they are at heightened risk for this type of injury. Frequent rotation of the body ensures that the skin is not pressed up against the bone to develop such injuries. Pressure sores develop quickly in some patients, but how they are treated and avoided determine if the patient is subject to abuse or neglect.
5 Facts about Bedsores to Know
Bedsores are a very critical condition. Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities all must take precautions to ensure that their patients do not develop them. If a pressure ulcer is found, the facility is required to treat that pressure sore and prevent it from becoming worse or from developing further ulcers.
Some facts for patients and loved ones to know about these common injuries include:
- They come in four separate stages. Pressure sores range from Stage 1 to Stage 4. A stage one sore is reddened and does not turn white when pressed. This is the initial stage that can develop in just a few hours of remaining in the same position. Stage four, however, is a full thickness tissue loss that has exposed muscle and bone. The wounds are at high risk for infection and could be fatal if they remain untreated.
- Professionals know how to spot these injuries. Professionals are more than aware of what a pressure sore looks like; therefore, they can detect even stage one sore. They use health aides to help clean and dress the area, rotate the patients, and look for the early signs of pressure ulcers. Therefore, there is no excuse if a patient develops a stage two ulcer and does not receive prompt treatment.
- Bed sores are preventable. Bed sores are easily prevented just by shifting the patient’s position frequently. Often it is recommended that the patient moves at least every two hours when on bedrest and up to every 15 minutes if confined to a wheelchair.
- Wet or damp skin increases the risk of bedsores. When the surface remains wet or damp, it is prone to bed sores. Therefore, nursing homes are required to properly clean and dry a patient’s skin to prevent softening, which increases the risk of infection and painful sores.
- Nutrition plays a role in bedsores too. A patient’s health and nutrition will play a role in whether they develop pressure sores. If the patient has low minerals and victims, they cannot properly fight infection, and they may suffer bone or tissue loss. Therefore, the facility must monitor the patient’s food and nutritional needs and ensure they are not vitamin or mineral deficient.
Holding Nursing Homes Responsible for Louisville Bed Sore Incidents
If your loved one suffers from bedsores, and you suspect neglect or abuse from his or her nursing home, you can hold them legally accountable. Team up with a bedsore attorney by speaking with attorney Seth Gladstein from the Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC today.
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