Nursing homes are responsible for providing quality care and supervision to our elderly loved ones. Sometimes, however, the care falls short of our expectations and of the legal requirements of nursing facilities. When a hospital or nursing home fails to provide proper care to a patient and they are injured as a result, the facility may be responsible for neglectful care. A patient has filed a lawsuit claiming that a hospital failed to provide adequate medical care resulting in serious injuries from pressure sores. The man is represented by the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti.
Pressure Sores – A Sign of Neglect
Pressure sores are quite often a sign of neglect in a nursing home or hospital. Pressure sores, also called pressure ulcers or bedsores, may start off looking like minor red marks, but they can turn deadly. The appearance of even one pressure sore is an indication that the patient is not being tended to often enough. With patients who are bedridden or unable to move on their own, bedsores can develop in areas that are in continual contact with the bedding or other items. It is necessary for the caregivers to reposition the patient regularly to prevent the formation of bedsores.
Complications from Pressure Sores
Pressure sores can quickly worsen, especially if they are not noticed or treated. Continuous contact with bedding in the same areas of the body can cause the sores to deepen, break open, and become infected. Infections from bedsores can be worse than the bedsores themselves because the infection can get into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body. Sepsis can set in, a very dangerous and life-threatening infection in the blood.
Treatment of Pressure Sores
Bedsores can be very difficult to treat once they become infected. Therefore, it is necessary to be sure to examine patients for bedsores on a regular basis. The patient should be examined by a doctor immediately upon the appearance of the first sore. The doctor should provide a treatment and care plan that includes instructions for caregivers on how to properly treat the sores. For example, stage I or II sores should be cleansed and kept dry. The sores must not be allowed to remain in contact with the bedding for any period of time.
Negligence in Care Facilities
Bedsores often go unnoticed because staff are not properly trained or do not have enough time to adequately care for bedridden patients. This can result in the formation of bedsores and in the failure to notice them for a long time. This allows the sores to worsen, deepen, and open. Not only are bedsores a serious threat to the health of the elderly, they are also quite painful. Staff must be vigilant in looking for bedsores on patients and in providing medical care when they are noticed. The failure to do so could cause serious injuries caused by neglectful care. Neglect should be reported and the responsible party should be held responsible for the subsequent medical expenses as well as punitive damages.
If your loved one suffered pressure sores as the result of neglect, call the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to learn more about your options.
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