The daughter of a woman who died in a Cook County nursing home has filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit names Kindred Hospital Chicago and Rush Oak Park Hospital Inc. after the woman died while in their care. The woman died in March 2014 due to complications and infection of wounds that she received at the facilities, the lawsuit states. The woman suffered pressure ulcers on several areas of her body which worsened and became infected, leading to her death. The suit seeks more than $50,000 in damages for medical expenses and other associated costs.
Pressure ulcers, also commonly called bedsores, are skin lesions that develop over time. They are caused by the constant rubbing of skin on material, such as sheets, or on equipment, such as plastic tubing. When the skin continues to rub in one spot, the result is a small red skin irritation. If the situation continues, the irritation becomes worse and the skin actually breaks open. Over time, the skin degrades completely and the underneath layers of tissue, muscle, and bone can be affected. The areas often become infected which can be serious.
Treating Infected Pressure Sores
Pressure sores must be quickly identified and treated in order to avoid infection. If a patient has a bedsore it is likely a sign of nursing home negligence. The patient is unable to move himself and therefore must rely on caregivers to turn and move him. When a patient is left in one position for too long, the problem of bedsores can arise. Immediate treatment is required along with prevention measures to ensure that the areas no longer rub against something for too long a period of time. If the skin breaks open, these types of sores can quickly become infected. They usually require antibiotics and topical treatment and must be watched carefully. The infection can worsen and the patient may develop sepsis. Of course, the best solution is to prevent bedsores from occurring in the first place.
Prevention of Pressure Ulcers
Older individuals may have a suppressed immune system and wounds take longer to heal. The best way to reduce problems associated with infection is to prevent bedsores before they occur. In fact, any type of advanced pressure sore is an indication of negligence. The first indication of a bedsore is a small red mark, usually located on the bony areas of the body such as the elbows, tailbone, and heels. The area may be warm to the touch and is often painful. The bedridden patient must be differently positioned and the position must be changed often. Any signs of bedsores should be noted and reported to staff. Bedsores must be closely monitored and if any changes occur they need to be treated by a physician. In this case, the woman’s bedsores worsened and became infected, leading to her death.
Negligent Nursing Home Lawsuits
Nursing homes may not be properly staffed or caregivers may not have the necessary training to properly care for patients. These and other factors may lead to negligent care. When a nursing home resident is seriously injured or has died as a result of negligence you may be entitled to compensation. Nothing can turn back time and bring your loved one back; however, you can get the money necessary to cover the associated medical costs. A qualified law firm will assist in filing the paperwork needed to proceed. Do not wait – get the money you deserve and make sure that the same thing doesn’t happen to someone else in the future. Contact the compassionate legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a free consultation today.
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