By: Darrell Castle
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you know that pressure ulcers — or bed sores — are something to worry about.
Many nursing home facilities use standardized tools to assess the risk for developing pressure ulcers — to prevent them. However, it’s easy for the nurses to simply check a box in a computer system without actually completing the action.
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Is the patient’s bed pressure-reducing?
Is the staff ensuring the patient’s skin is clean and dry?
Does the staff turn and move the patient regularly?
How is the patient’s nutrition managed?
These are all important questions to know the answers to. They’re all critical components for preventing pressure ulcers.
The Stages of Pressure Ulcers
Pressure ulcers come in four stages. Stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers are gruesome. And they’re an indication of LONGTERM neglect.
Stage 3 pressure ulcers are deep and painful. Stage 4 pressure ulcers are so deep that the bone underneath is exposed.
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When To Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Pressure ulcers should never go above Stage 2. As I mentioned already, Stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers are a sign of longterm neglect.
If your loved one has a gruesome pressure ulcer, report it and contact us immediately. You and your loved one may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. And we can help ensure the nursing home and staff are held accountable for their actions — or lack thereof.
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