District of Columbia Nursing Home Pressure Sore Attorney
Adult children are often shocked and overwhelmed when they learn that their parent or grandparent residing in a nursing home is suffering a debilitating pressure sore. In many incidences, the nursing facility or doctor tells the adult child that pressure sores are the result of their loved ones medical condition or a natural part of aging. However, nearly every type of pressure sore (bedsore; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer) is preventable. So, when a loved one suffers a pressure sore, it is usually the result of negligence, inattentiveness or abuse at a Washington D.C. nursing home.
In many incidences, families have limited options to provide quality healthcare to a parent or grandparent, and are often forced to place them in a nursing facility. As a result, they move their loved one into the home with the expectation that only competently trained staff will provide quality care. The family entrusts the medical professionals with the responsibility of taking care of their loved one’s medical, hygiene and nutritional needs. So, it is no wonder when families are upset when they been told their loved one has acquired a pressure sore while at the facility.
What Is a Pressure Sore?
A pressure sore develops quickly – usually within two hours – when the patient’s weight puts pressure on a bony part of the body, restricting oxygenated blood flow. These areas typically include the toes, ankles, heels, hipbones, sacrum (tailbone), spine, shoulders, shoulder blades, neck and the back of the head. However, no skin on the body is immune to developing a sore.
When applied pressure of the body makes contact with bedding materials, beds, mattresses, cushions, chairs and wheelchairs, oxygen is cut off from skin tissue. The patients more susceptible to acquiring a pressure sore are those that have limited mobility and lack the capacity to readjust or reposition their body without assistance.
Death by Negligence Caused by Pressure Sores
In its earliest stage, a bedsore can heal completely within a few days if the pressure is alleviated quickly and remains pressure free until the skin is restored. However, without proper treatment, the pressure sore can ulcerate easily and form a shallow crater at the affected site. Without intervention, the tiny ulcer can develop into a deep crater and ultimately expose the bone, muscle and tendons below. At this crucial stage, an infection can set in easily and place a loved one in severe danger. Unfortunately, many patients in nursing homes die by negligence from facility-acquired pressure ulcers.
In many incidences, the increasing demand for nursing facility beds has compromised the health of patients when nursing homes are unable to find competent caregivers. As a result, many District of Columbia nursing facilities are either understaffed or staffed with caregivers that lack specific training on how to provide quality care to every patient.
Because of that, the well-being of the patient is compromised, placing their health at risk.
Alternatively, nursing homes with high success in avoiding bedsores typically follow strict protocols of assessing the patient’s skin when admitted to the facility and routinely monitor the patient’s skin each day. Additionally, the nurses and nurse’s aides regularly readjust the bodies of mobility-challenged patients every two hours or less to alleviate pressure.
Filing a Claim or Lawsuit Washington D.C. Nursing Home or Hospital for a Bed Sore
If you suspect that your parent or grandparent has suffered a bedsore in a nursing home, it is essential to hire a Washington D.C. pressure sore attorney immediately. Your lawyer can take legal action to stop the negligence now, and file a claim or lawsuit against all responsible parties to hold them legally accountable for their abuse. In addition, the law firm can ensure that your loved one receives the proper medical care to heal from their wounds. These professionals provide their services throughout the District of Columbia.
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