Are Bedsores a Sign of Nursing Home Abuse?

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2017 | Nursing Home Abuse |

Bedsores on an elderly patient, otherwise known as pressure sores, are frequently caused by the negligence of a nursing home care facility. These painful sores are caused when there is unrelieved pressure applied to the skin and the patient is not being turned or moved by the nursing care staff. Whether caused by poor or overworked staffing, it often comes back to an overall negligence of the hospital or another facility. Because bedsores can easily be prevented with proper care and attention, they are often a sign of nursing home abuse and neglect.

By the time that bedsores are noticeable, they are often at an advanced stage. It is the responsibility of the nursing home to administer proper care and attention to their patients and to diligently respond to bedsores and treat them as a serious health concern.

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Causes of Bedsores

Bedsores are most common on patients who cannot move without assistance or must remain in the same position for a lengthy period of time. Bedsores will appear if the patient has been sitting or lying down for too long without being moved. In addition to nonstop pressure, other causes of bedsores include:

  • Shear Incidents – In the case that one part of the body is held in place while the other has movement, a shear may appear on the skin. This is most common in patients who are either lying down or in a wheelchair.
  • Friction Damage – Bedsores can be caused by the rubbing together of aging skin and another surface. This can occur when the elderly patient is moved from one place to another, such as bed to chair and vice versa.

Preventive Care to Avoid Bedsores

The easiest way to ensure that bedsores are not an issue is to provide adequate attention to the patient receiving care. The staff members should encourage patients to move position every 15 minutes or should help those who cannot move on their own every 2 hours to avoid bedsores.

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