Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers are extremely dangerous injuries for nursing home residents. They are also one of the best barometers for whether or not nursing home neglect is taking place.
There are three main factors that contribute to bed sores. Constant pressure on a specific part of the body, dehydration and malnutrition, and dampness or unsanitary conditions. All three of these factors are indications of nursing home neglect, so when a resident develops a bed sore at a nursing home or other skilled care facility, it’s an excellent sign that nursing home neglect is taking place.
Bed sores are lasting injuries. Unlike many other conditions, a nursing home cannot “fix” a bed sore when nursing home inspectors are present. Bed sores are difficult to treat and slow to heal, especially when nursing home neglect caused the bed sores in the first place.
Bed sores are evaluated on a four stage scale. Stage 4 is the worst stage. A Stage 3 bed sore indicates that a wound had extended into the soft tissue. One of the ways that nursing homes can reduce pressure on bed sores is through a special pressure reducing mattress. Although a mattress had been ordered for the resident after her bed sores began to develop, it was never delivered.
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