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Are Bedsores Worthy of a Nursing Home Lawsuit?

What is a Bedsore?

A bedsore is a lesion on the skin resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin. Bedsores are commonly found on bonier parts of the body such as the tailbone, spine, hips, ankles etc.

Developing Bedsores in a Nursing Home

While nursing homes and hospitals are obligated by law to create and implement a “care plan” to prevent bedsores from appearing or worsening, many are understaffed. To prevent bedsores from occurring, nursing homes and hospitals frequently inspect, turn and reposition residents to relieve constant pressure on the skin. As another preventative measure, there are pressure-relieving devices available to nurses such as beds, mattresses and boots.

Bedsores that occur in a hospital or nursing home could be the result of neglect or abuse. There are four stages of bedsores, most of which are common with people suffering from dementia, old age, poor nutrition or poor circulation. Most of the time conservative treatment will heal stage 1 and stage 2 bedsores. However, more advanced cases call for debridement and the most serious of cases require reconstruction. The reconstruction process for bedsores in this range is said to have one of the highest complication rates of any surgery.

How Can You Help Prevent Bedsores

In order to help prevent a loved one from suffering from bedsores, there are a few things you can do. Be sure to check the persons skin condition every time you visit. If you notice any sign of neglect, alert the staff and carefully document your findings. Also check in on the person’s weight, and general care on each visit. The more aware you are of possible problems, the better chance you have preventing them from happening.

 

Source: Janet Raasch, “Are Bedsore Cause for a Lawsuit,”

http://blogs.lawyers.com/2013/06/bedsores-lawsuit/