Oregon Nursing Home Lawyers Serving Victims of Bed Sores, Pressure Sores & Decubitus Ulcers
Developing a bedsore can happen quickly whenever a wheelchair-bound or bedridden individual remains in one position for too long. The weight of the body can put pressure on a specific area, restricting oxygen-rich blood to the skin. The skin and surrounding tissue can easily become inflamed after just a few hours where red spots and tiny blisters can develop. Pressure sores (bedsores; decubitus ulcers; pressure ulcers) require immediate treatment by medical staff specifically trained to handle these types of wounds.
Bedsores happen all too often in nursing facilities throughout Oregon. This is because many times the nursing home staff does not properly reposition mobility-challenged patients who lack the capacity to turn or adjust themselves without assistance. Bedsores are usually a sign of negligence in facilities with insufficient staff or nurses and nurse’s aides who lack the training necessary to follow proven protocols.
When it comes to holding nursing homes and hospitals responsible for the development of pressure sores on patients, you can count on our Oregon nursing home negligence attorneys to hold the facility fully accountable. We invite you to contact our office for a free case review today.
A Sign of Negligence: Patients Developing Decubitus Ulcers While Admitted to a Medical Facility
A pressure ulcer is easy to detect on the patient’s skin. Because of that, it is essential that the nursing staff inspect the skin of the patient from head to toe at least one time at the beginning of their shift. In its early stage, the appearing wound will feel softer or firmer, and warmer or cooler, when compared to the surrounding tissue. The nurse must make notations in the patient’s chart, alleviate pressure to the area and contact the attending physician to begin treatment.
Any progression of a developing bedsore in its early stage is a sign of negligence by the medical team. As the bedsore progresses to an advanced stage, a shallow crater begins to develop at the affected site. Without treatment, the shallow crater can deepen to the point where bone and muscle are exposed, leaving the wound open to serious life-threatening infections of the bone (osteomyelitis) and blood (sepsis).
Proper Protocols Necessary to Identify and Treat Pressure Ulcers
Successful nursing homes create and implement effective skin inspection and treatment protocols to help identify patients at the facility that have an increased potential of developing pressure sores. These common identifying conditions include:
- Patients over 65 years who suffer from blood circulation problems and those that have minimal underlying fat beneath the skin
- Mobility-challenge patients who suffer a coma, cognitive impairment, spinal cord injury, or are under continuous sedation
- Patients suffering diabetes, arterial disease or malnourishment
- Any patient suffering skin irritations or diminished skin integrity caused by excessive exposure to moisture, urine or feces to the affected area
Taking Legal Action Following The Development of a Wound in an Oregon Facility
Every nursing home in Oregon is responsible for following state and federal regulations to provide the ultimate care for each patient in the facility. Whenever a patient develops a bedsore, it is often the result of the failure of the nurses’ duty to provide quality care. When negligence is involved, the facility must be held legally accountable. This is because negligence is typically the main cause of every bedsore acquired in a nursing facility.
Unfortunately, pressure sores are one of the leading underlying causes of patient deaths in nursing homes. Bedsores are usually due to the lack of properly trained medical staff or facility without adequate staffing to ensure that all the health, hygiene and nutritional needs of every patient are being met.
When family members are informed that their loved one in a nursing facility is suffering a bedsore, it is essential to take legal action immediately. An Oregon pressure sore lawyer specializing in medical malpractice can report the case to proper authorities, send a medical team that specializes in bedsore treatments to the nursing facility and file a claim for financial compensation against the nursing home. The law firms listed below offer their services in cities all throughout Oregon including:
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