Causes of Pressure Sores
Pressure sores (also known as bed sores or ulcers) can manifest when a patient is immobile and unable to reposition themselves in bed. Constant pressure on certain body parts can result in tissue damage beneath upper-epidermal layers of the skin which, if not attended to promptly, can quickly reach underlying tissue, spread, and become infected. Pressure sores can turn serious quickly and can lead to death in some cases.
Pressure sores frequently manifest on the patient’s hips, buttocks, lower back, tailbone and other areas of pressure. They can also appear in areas where skin is moist from, for example, sweating and urine. Medical conditions, such as diabetes and skin and weight changes, can make a person more prone to pressure sores.
Pressure Sores and Areas of Neglect
What is important to note is that pressure sores are completely preventable. But it takes adequate staffing and time to reposition the patient on a consistent basis – at least every couple of hours. Staff is required to be trained on proper methods of repositioning and making sure bedding and clothing are dry.
If you notice pressure sores, this could be a sign of nursing home neglect, including:
- Not routinely repositioning the resident – every two hours ideally
- Skin that is too dry or too moist from sweat, urine, or other bodily fluids
- Incontinence that goes unattended
- Malnutrition and dehydration, which can cause skin to break down more readily
- Drastic weight loss
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Pressure sores in nursing homes almost always develop because of neglect and/or understaffing. Because pressure sores can be dangerous and even deadly, and because they are preventable, lawsuits to cover treatment have become more common. If your loved one has developed pressure sores while at a nursing home, contact us immediately or call 1-866-900-7078. You may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of care and family duties
- Loss of the victim’s earnings
- Wrongful death
- Funeral expenses for the victim