Bedsores or pressure wounds often develop in patients that are stationary for extended periods of time, due to a lack of blood flow to a specific area of the body. Unfortunately, bedsores are one of the first signs of neglect. Usually, bedsores are located in areas such as the back, tailbone, and shoulders. The constant pressure placed on these areas constricts blood flow and causes a wound, which may expose muscle and bone. These wounds can lead to a life-threatening infection if they are not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
Warning signs of bedsores include:
- A change in skin color;
- A change in skin texture;
- Swelling in a localized area;
- Redness in a particular area;
- Pus or drainage from the skin;
- The skin feels cool or warm to the touch; and
- Tenderness of the skin.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 10 institutionalized patients develop a bedsore. If a person develops a bedsore, aggressive and immediate action must be taken to mitigate the risk of infection.
Methods of treatment include:
- Constant repositioning;
- Physical therapy for increased circulation;
- Diet change for increased nutritional needs; and
- Utilization of a wound vacuum.
Oftentimes, bedsores can be avoided if a patient is moved regularly, cleaned, has his or her garments changed, and receives a balanced diet. However, unfortunately for some patients in a nursing home setting, bedsores are a common occurrence as a result of improper care. If a bedsore is discovered on a family member or loved one, it should be properly treated immediately. In addition, if a nursing home does not provide the care needed to treat a bedsore that is present on a patient’s body, it is important to take action immediately because the consequences can be fatal. With that being said, do not allow a family member or loved one to be mistreated.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries as a result of a staff member’s negligence while in a nursing home, it is important to contact an experienced New York nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer who can advise you of your legal rights and remedies. The New York nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Levine & Slavit PLLC can provide compassionate service and aggressive representation to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
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