Category : Bed Sores In Nursing Homes

Elderly Woman With Bed SoreBed Sores Rampant In Many Nursing Homes

A developing bed sore is often an indicator of neglect or abuse in a nursing home or medical
malpractice when it occurs in a hospital setting. A bed sore (pressure sore; pressure ulcer;
decubitus ulcer) can quickly develop when continuous pressure on the patient’s skin is
unrelieved. Without immediate attention, the wound can cause serious health issues including
life-threatening infection.

Bed sores in nursing homes tend to develop in areas of the body where the skin covers bony
prominences. These can include the heels, ankles, elbows, back, shoulders, and back of the
head. Nursing home patients at greatest risk of developing a pressure sore are usually
wheelchair-bound, sedentary in a bed or any patient with the inability to reposition their body
without assistance.

A Very Visible and Painful Sign of Nursing Home Negligence

Sadly, developing bedsores in nursing homes are all too common. Statistics maintained by the
CDC (Centers for Disease Control) indicate that 10 percent of all nursing home residents
currently have a bedsore. This alarming problem has been prevalent in assisted living homes,
hospitals and nursing facilities for decades. To make matters worse, nearly every bedsore is
preventable. Pressure sores are often caused by the lack of improper medical care or attention
by nursing home staff.

As a serious health concern, an identified bedsore needs immediate pressure relief and medical
attention. It is simple to recognize a bedsore in its initial stage (Stage I), where the skin feels
warm and hard to the touch. The reddening occurs to underlying soft tissue when body pressure
restricts blood flow and oxygen. Skin tissue can be lost if the pressure is allowed to continue
after approximately two hours. During Stage II, the advancing wound creates a shallow crater
open to infection. At this point, proper medical attention can reverse the debilitating condition
and allow the wound to heal nearly completely.

However, by Stage III, the top layers of skin are completely lost. Subcutaneous tissue just
above the fascia suffers necrosis, causing cells to die quickly. During Stage IV, necrosis
reaches below the fascia layers to expose muscle, bone and ligaments. The exposed area is
highly susceptible to a variety of medical conditions including:

Poor Patient Management Resulting In Progressively Serious Medical Complications

When a nursing home is poorly managed, the patient’s health often suffers greatly. In most
situations, a developing decubitus ulcer is the result of medical staff providing less than the
minimal medical standard of care. Various issues can contribute to an emergent pressure sore
including:

  • The patient is suffering from malnutrition and dehydration
  • The patient has remained immobile for an extended period
  • The patient has suffered skin damage due to unchanged soiled diapers or lying on wet
    sheets

Preventing Pressure Sores From Developing In The First Place

Assisted-living facilities and nursing homes are duty bound to provide high quality health care to
every patient. This means the medical staff must develop, implement and enforce a prevention
program to eliminate the potential of developing bedsores. Specific protocol to minimize the
potential of any patient developing a pressure ulcer would involve:

  • Daily monitoring of the patient’s skin from head to toe to detect any early signs of
    bedsores
  • Routine body repositioning of every patient unable to turn without assistance at least one
    time every two hours around-the-clock
  • Keeping the skin and clothing of every patient clean and dry
  • Frequently changing the patient’s sheets to minimize spreading infection
  • Supplying pressure-relieving pads, cushions and mattresses
  • Immediate medical attention by highly trained, specialized personnel anytime a
    developing bedsore is identified
  • Preventing healthy blood circulation through skin massage

Taking Legal Action When A Bed Sore Forms During An Admission To A Skilled Nursing Facility

Legal action is often necessary when families are told that their loved one has developed a
bedsore at a nursing facility. This is because nearly all bedsores are preventable. Most pressure
sores usually develop through neglect when the patient does not receive adequate care.
If your loved one is suffering from a facility-acquired bedsore, it is essential to speak with a
competent nursing home abuse attorney who specializes in nursing home neglect cases. Rosenfeld
Injury Lawyers at (888) 424-5757 offers a complementary consultation to discuss your legal
rights and options for stopping the abuse now. Our attorneys can review your claim and provide
aggressive options to resolve your case.
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New App Could Alert Staff To Building Pressure Before A Wound Starts

App that can Help With Pressure Sore

If you or your loved one has ever experienced significant periods of immobility, you are probably aware of the dangers of pressure sores.  These are wounds that develop after continuous pressure or friction is exerted on specific parts of the body and the person refuses or cannot change positions.  The resulting loss of blood flow […]

Do Not Accept Bed Sores As an Inevitable Part of The Aging Process

Bed sores do not have to occur

What are bedsores? Bedsores are formed when a part of the body’s soft tissue, especially an area that is located on top of a bone, is pressurized against the hard surface for some time. Blood flow to the area is decreased, and an ulcer forms underneath the skin. Bedsores are very vulnerable to infection, and […]

Medical Facilities Slow To Recognize How Decubitus Ulcers Impact Their Bottom Line

Pressure ulcers can lead to facilities losing money

Pressure sores, also known as decubitus ulcers, are most commonly found amongst elderly and immobile patients. These elderly and immobile patients are most commonly found in medical facilities such as hospitals and long-term care facilities. The nursing staff that is in charge of taking care of these elderly and immobile patients is not always up […]

Nursing Home With History Of Patients With Bedsores Fined 350k

Nursing homes can be fined because of pressure sores

Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are a common ailment of nursing home patients. When diagnosed with bedsores, it is better to treat a nursing home patient adequately so that they can recover quickly. Many nursing homes have been fined for their gross neglect of their patients’ bed sore issues. An Erlanger, Kentucky nursing home […]

Nursing Home off the Hook for Paying Damages Related to Patient’s Death

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Nursing Homes Can’t Leave Immobile Patients Alone Without Risk Of Pressure Sores

Immobile patients need to be around others

Nursing homes lately have been under attack for their lack of care and management with their elderly and immobile patients. Elderly patients, particularly those who have been immobilized due to a debilitating disease, require much care and regulation. Nursing staff are trained professionals who are capable of dealing with the elderly who are ill and […]

Gov. Weakens Nursing Home Watchdog Program, Prompting Uproar from Consumer Advocate Groups

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Study: Black Nursing Home Patients May Be More at Risk for Pressure Sores Than White Patients

african american nursing home patient

A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that black nursing home patients might be more at risk for developing pressure sores than white patients. Pressure sores, also called decubitus ulcers, are open wounds that could become deadly if left untreated. The study, which analyzed data from 2.1 million U.S. […]

Nursing Home Attorneys See Poor Prognosis for Stage Four Pressure Sore Patients

A study done by the North Texas Health Care System has revealed that patients have had a bleak outlook whenever they have developed stage four pressure sores. The data suggests that preventing bedsores from developing into stage three or four sores may be more practical than treating the sores after they have developed. Nursing homes […]

Nursing Home Lawyers Sees Ongoing Nursing Home Violations Related To Poor Patient Care– Including Improper Pressure Sore Care

Violations for Montana Nursing Home

As nursing home lawyer in Chicago who regularly represent individuals and families in lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, I am reminded on a daily basis about the ongoing problems facing patients at these facilities.  Pressure sores remain not just an inconvenience, but a serious health concern for patients in nursing homes across the country. A […]

Are bed sores acquired during a nursing home admission an indication of poor care?

the elderly in nursing homes are at risk for bed sores

Without much objection, bed sores have become an accepted way of life at some nursing homes.  Today, patients, families and caregivers at some nursing homes view the development of bed sores as an inevitable part of the aging process. To the contrary, the majority of circumstances when a patient develops a bed sore during an […]

Bedsore Trial Will Test Families Allegations That Staff At Nursing Home Were Not Providing Adequate Care

A pending trial against Retama Manor Nursing Center (Texas) will put a families allegations of improper nursing care and poor medical charting—front and center before a jury. The trial commenced by the family of Emilo Gonzalez, a patient with motile medical complications including: partial paralysis, anemia, seizure disorder, decreased appetite, dementia and Parkinson’s disease, alleges […]

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Two Illinois Sisters Charged With Criminal Neglect After Father Dies from Sepsis

criminal neglect charges in nursing home

Two women from Northbrook, Illinois are facing criminal elder abuse charges after an autopsy found that their father, Werner Bernhard, 83, died as a result of neglect. According to a recent report in the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Bernhard’s two primary caretakers were his daughters Lisa Bernhard, 57; and Susan Bernhard, 52. Mr. Bernhard had been […]

Bed Sores Continue To Plague Patients In Chicago Nursing Homes & Hospitals

bed sores plague nursing home patients

Even in large metropolitan areas like Chicago, IL patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other types of senior living facilities continue to suffer from a medical complication that has been around as long as history books have been written— bed sores. While some facilities suggest that the development of bed sores is an inevitable part […]

Pressure Relieving Devices May Help Reduce Rate Of Pressure Sores In Nursing Home & Hospital Patients

As a lawyer who sees a significant number of cases where nursing home or hospital patients have developed bed sores (also referred to as: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) during a short or long-term admission, I feel as though the most progress has been made with respect to new technology in the utilization […]

Without A Prevention Plan, All Nursing Home & Hospital Patients Remain At Risk For Developing Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are indeed preventable in the overwhelming majority of circumstances.  The key is to identify patients who are at risk quickly after their admission to a medical facility and timely– and effectively implement preventative measures such as regular pressure relief and ensuring patients remain clean and dry. Medicare has determined that pressure ulcers are […]

Problems persist in Chicago nursing home with track record of providing poor nursing care

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Hispanic nursing home patients are more likely to suffer from pressure ulcers

Researchers at Brown University have concluded that nursing homes with a higher percentage of Hispanic residents have higher rates of pressure ulcers than similar facilities with a predominately Caucasian population. Review of nursing home data The studies’ results were based on data sourced from the National Repository of the Minimum Data Set (MDS), a mandatory […]

Are the development of bed sores at a nursing home considered to be a form of nursing home abuse?

african american women

The Administration on Aging, defines elder abuse as the intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Obviously, using the the government’s definition, many forms of mistreatment-  intentional and negligent may be considered abusive.  In nursing homes, negligent acts […]