Three residents at the Aurora Rehab and Living Center in Aurora Illinois developed pressure ulcers while residents of the facility. Pressure Ulcers, also known as bed sores, are some of the most dangerous and debilitating injuries that a nursing home resident can suffer.
Pressure ulcers are one of the most obvious signs of nursing home neglect because the leading causes of pressure ulcers are some of the most common forms of nursing home neglect.
The three most common causes of bed sores are consistently wet conditions, long periods of weight and pressure on one part of the body, and dehydration and malnutrition. The longer these conditions persist, the shorter the amount of time it takes bed sores to develop.
One of the residents developed pressure ulcers on both heels. This is a clear sign of being left in a wheelchair for too long. In some cases, residents are left in one position for hours at a time day after day. In an interview, the facility treatment nurse told Illinois Department of Public Health officials that he had no idea how the ulcers developed.
Another resident was evaluated by staff to be a high risk for developing ulcers. The resident was an Alzheimer’s patient. The resident developed bed sores on the buttocks. Again, this seems to be indicative of too much time spent in a wheelchair. There was no documentation found regarding the resident’s treatment after January. In March, the resident required hospitalization where additional bed sores were discovered on her heels.
The third resident developed pressure ulcers on her elbow. According to staff, this ulcer developed because of the pressure of the wheelchair armrest.
Bed sores can range in severity. They begin as ordinary-looking bruises, but they can quickly develop into open wounds that are bone-deep. They easily become infected, and these infections can often prove fatal.
Bed sores are difficult to cure. Because they develop in conditions of nursing home neglect, and curing bed sores requires extensive care, many bed sores never properly heal.