Pennsylvania Nursing Home Lawyers Serving Victims of Bed Sores, Pressure Sores & Decubitus Ulcers
Bedsores develop quickly any time a mobility-challenged individual lacks the capacity to readjust the position of their body without assistance. Without movement, the body’s pressure against a mattress, chair or pad can easily restrict flowing blood to skin and eventually cause damage or death to underlying tissue. Because of that, many nursing home patients require regular “turnings” to alleviate pressure against their skin.
The Pennsylvania nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to holding medical facilities accountable when a patient develops decubitus ulcer during an admission. Our firm has the experience and resources necessary to get you the maximum compensation Pennsylvania law allows. Contact our office for a free review of your case.
Bedsores (pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers) are usually preventable when a nursing home patient is provided regular readjustments or movement. In addition, the patient must be properly hydrated, fed nutritious meals, and allowed to remain clean and dry. Any continuous contact with excessive moisture, especially from their sweat, urine and feces, can quickly degrade the integrity of the skin making them highly susceptible to developing a sore.
What is a Bedsore?
Bedsores typically appear on bony prominences the body including on the patient’s head, ears, neck, shoulders, elbows, spine, sacrum, buttocks, hips, ankles, toes and heels. When the skin is deprived of oxygen, tiny red dots and blisters can appear at the site, where the skin feels much cooler or warmer, and firmer or softer, than the tissue that surrounds the site. Alleviating the pressure allows the blood flow to return to the area. In its beginning stages, the sore can easily heal within a few days.
To ensure that the bedsore does not progress to an advanced age, it is essential that the nursing home staff follow proven protocols. These protocols include:
- Change the position of the patient frequently, at a rate of every two hours or less
- Ensure that the patient receives proper hydration and nutrition
- Provide every mobility-challenged nursing home resident pressure-preventing pads and mattresses to reduce the potential of a developing sore
- Avoid restraining patients whenever possible
- Assist the patient in exercise whenever possible and encourage them to perform stretching motions and movements that emphasize full range of motion
- Keep the patient dry and clean to avoid any accumulated moisture against the skin
Whenever the medical staff detects a pressure sore, it is crucial to make a notation in their chart and notify the attending physician immediately. Usually, doctors that specialize in treating bedsores will use debridement protocols where the dead skin is removed from the wound to minimize potential damage.
Progressing Pressure Sores
Nearly every developing pressure sore in its early stage can heal completely with proper treatment and protocols, causing only minimal temporary damage to the patient’s skin. However, when allowed to progress to an advanced stage, a deep crater can easily develop and expose bone and muscle tissue below. In advanced stages, infection can easily set in causing life-threatening problems for the patient. Typically, advanced stage pressure sores are an obvious sign of neglect by the staff at the nursing home.
Without effective antibiotics to treat osteomyelitis (bone) infection and sepsis (blood) infection, the patient can quickly die within a matter of days or weeks. Proper treatment usually requires medical intervention by doctors specifically trained in treating severe pressure ulcers to ensure the patient survives.
Filing a Lawsuit Against a Pennsylvania Facility Where a Bed Sore Developed
Families with the bedridden loved one in a nursing home or medical facility who has developed a pressure sore need to consider hiring a Pennsylvania pressure sore lawyer immediately. A skilled PA nursing home neglect attorney can hold all those negligently responsible accountable for the actions that caused the bedsore to advance. In addition, the law firm can ensure that specialized medical teams are sent to the loved ones room at the nursing facility to begin effective treatments immediately.
If you are looking for an attorney to assist with the investigation or prosecution of a nursing home abuse case involving bed sores or other injury visit the pages below:
These professionals provide their services in cities all throughout Pennsylvania including:
- Philadelphia Pressure Sore & Nursing Home Attorneys
- Pittsburgh Nursing Home Abuse & Bed Sore Lawyers
- Allentown Bed Sore & Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
- Erie Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
- Reading Nursing Home Neglect & Pressure Ulcer Attorneys
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