Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers are sores
caused by prolonged pressure against the skin. Bedsores typically develop
in people who are confined to a wheelchair or a bed and who are not ambulatory.
Bedsores are not “acceptable” in nursing homes, nor should
they be passed off as something that’s tolerable in the nursing
home setting because they’re not.
Bedsores generally develop in the areas of the skin that are not well-padded
by muscle and bone, such as the hips, back, elbows, knees, hips, and the
back of the head. If left untreated, bedsores can penetrate the muscle
and bone, they can lead to bone infections, joint infections, cellulitis
and serious, life-threatening infections, including Cancer and
Risk factors for bedsores:
- Being confined to a bed
- Being confined to a wheelchair
- Medical conditions, such as diabetes and vascular disease that interrupt
Unfortunately, bedsores occur frequently in the nursing home setting. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “In 2004, about 159,000 current nursing home residents (11%) had
pressure ulcers.” The CDC goes on to say that “Pressure ulcers
are serious medical conditions and one of the important measures of the
quality of clinical care in nursing homes.”
Is Your Loved One Suffering?
Have you visited your loved one in a nursing home, only to see that they
have developed bedsores? If your loved one didn’t have bedsores
when they entered the home, or if they have developed sores that have
only worsened with time, this is a sign that your loved one is being neglected
by the nursing home staff.
Bedsores are painful, especially as they reach the advanced stages. If
left untreated or inadequately treated, they can be life-threatening.
If you have observed worrisome bedsores, it’s time to suspect
neglect. If your loved one is being neglected in this one area, what other ways
are they being neglected?
Are their wounds being cleaned properly? Are they being moved often enough
to prevent bedsores? Are their physical and emotional needs being met?
If you suspect neglect, we urge you to
contact our firm to schedule a consultation with a Los Angeles
elder abuse lawyer.