Pressure sores (also referred to as bed sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers) are an all too common and painful problem for nursing home residents.
Most pressure sores are preventable and are caused by faulty care where the nursing home or hospital does provide adequate care to prevent and treat bed sores. Patients vulnerable to developing pressure sores are the elderly, people who are bedridden, and people with diabetes.
Pressure sores in nursing homes can be prevented by taking simple preventative measures including:
- Turning patients
- Using pressure reducing mattresses and pads pressure relieving devices)
- Keeping residents clean and dry
- Providing adequate nutrition and hydration
- Performing skin checks