Pressure sores, or bed sores, are an unfortunately common occurrence for elderly in the care of nursing homes.
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What Are Pressure Sores?
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One of the most common ailments affecting elderly residents in nursing homes is pressure sores (also known as bed sores). These painful sores result from leaving the nursing home patient in the same position for too long, which increases the formation of reddish sores. If left untreated, the severity of the sore worsens over time.
Pressure sores are entirely preventable unlike many of the ailments that land the elderly in nursing homes. For most patients, it is possible to prevent pressure sores. It is usually the responsibility of the nursing home to take preventative measures because a large percentage of nursing home residents are incapable of caring for themselves. The following are just some of the few steps the nursing home should take to prevent pressure sores:
· Change the patient’s position once every two hours minimum, especially if that patient is unable to change position on his or her own;
· Keep skin clean and dry by frequently bathing of the patient;
· When possible, encourage the patient to ambulate to promote circulation, and;
· Ensure the patient receives adequate nutrition
When bed sores do develop, it is best to address the problem immediately. Nursing home staff should remove pressure from the affected area immediately. This may entail requiring the patient to lie on the side of their body opposite the sore, which allows the sore to dry and heal. Care must then be taken by the nursing home staff to prevent further pressure sores from developing on the healthy side of the body.
As people continue to age, they become less capable of caring for themselves. That is why it is the job of nursing home staff or other caregivers to ensure they are given the care they need. Pressure sores are common and may reflect a lack of adequate care by the healthcare professionals that work in the nursing home. Patient care in nursing homes is often substandard because the facilities are chronically understaffed, and the staff they do employ are usually underpaid, causing high employee turnover rates.
If a patient develops these sores, the family or other loved ones should notify the nursing home staff immediately to ensure the patient receives proper care. You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one has suffered from pressure sores while residing in a nursing home. At Moran Law, our attorneys represent patients and their families across Los Angeles County and Orange County. To learn more, give one of our nursing home abuse attorneys a call today at (714) 549-0333.