Nursing home residents are more likely to get pressure ulcers because many are immobile. A pressure ulcer is an injury to the skin that is the result of constant pressure due to impaired mobility. They are commonly referred to as bed sores or pressure sores and result from reduced blood flow. They can cause cell death, skin breakdown and the development of an open wound. They are likely to appear in those who are wheelchair or bed-bound. Common sites include the sacrum, back, buttocks, heels, back of the head and elbows. Pressure ulcers can cause serious infections, such as MRSA, and even become life threatening.
The skin must be kept clean and moisturized in order to avoid pressure sores. Also, the body must be changing positions constantly. A healthy diet will help decrease the chances of bedsores. The nursing home must make sure that staff is constantly repositioning patients in order to avoid bedsores. This becomes difficult when a nursing home is understaffed. Early treatment works the best when it comes to pressure ulcers so pressure sores should always be addressed early. If not, the resident may need surgery to treat the wound.
The Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti handle many cases involving nursing home residents who have suffered serious pressure ulcers. If you believe that a loved one has suffered a serious pressure sore due to negligence in an Illinois nursing home, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your legal options. To learn more about pressure ulcers, please follow the link to access information from the Journal of the American Medical Association.