Nursing homes are required by law to provide a safe environment where proper care is provided. In some cases, nursing homes fail to provide adequate care. When a nursing home fails to properly care for a patient and an injury or death occurs, the facility is likely responsible for the negligent act. In one recent case, a nursing home resident died after a facility failed to properly care for a man while under their care. A lawsuit was filed against Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre and others alleging negligent care led to the man’s death.
Pressure Sores are Serious
Pressure sores, also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers, are painful skin injuries that occur in areas of the skin that are in contact with the sheets. These sores can form because a patient is unable to adequately move about in bed. The skin rubs against the bedding in the same spots for an extended period of time, rubbing away the top layers. The result is a tender red mark. These sores are generally located on the tailbone, heels, and elbows but can show up anywhere. Once they appear, bedsores can be extremely difficult to treat and easily worsen.
Stages of Pressure Ulcers
Pressure ulcers may begin as mild-looking marks but they may become worse if left untreated. Bedsores range from Stage I, the mildest, to Stage IV, the worst. Stage III and IV sores have broken the skin and are deepening. Some of these sores can become so deep that they reach the deep into the skin or down to the bones of the patient. Caring for bedsores that break the skin requires constant care, cleaning the wounds, and possibly the use of antibiotics to fight infection.
Pressure Sores Require Care
One of the most common problems with bedsores is that caregivers may not immediately notice them. If that happens, the sores are allowed to worsen until they become dangerous and difficult to treat. If a sore is noticed the patient’s doctor should conduct an examination and provide a care plan to the nursing home. The care plan includes how to treat the sores the patient already has and minimize the risk of the formation of more sores.
Patients must be Provided with Proper Care
Part of proper patient care includes the repositioning of those who are bedridden. Anyone who is unable to move freely should be manually moved while in a bed or chair. This will help keep the same areas of skin from being in contact with bedding or other items. The failure to do so falls under the category of neglect. Nursing homes must take proper care of their residents, regardless of their needs. The formation of any stage pressure sore is usually a sign that the nursing home staff was negligent in their duties. If your loved one was hurt in a nursing home, contact Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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