WHAT IS A PRESSURE SORE?
Pressure sores, also called bedsores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers, are areas of damaged skin and tissue that develop when sustained pressure - usually from lying in a bed or sitting in a wheelchair - cuts off circulation to vulnerable parts of your body. Pressure sores are preventable. Essentially, when people who are entrusted with the care of those who lack the mobility to move themselves shirk their responsibilities, then the immobile develop pressure sores. Without adequate blood flow, which would occur in the turning and moving of a susceptible population, the affected tissue dies.
Pressure sores can develop quickly, progress rapidly and are often difficult to heal. Caring for one deep tissue pressure sore can cost over $70,000. And health experts agree: pressure sores do not have to occur. Preventive measures can maintain the skin's integrity and health through proper blood flow.
Pressure Sores Are A Sign Of Neglect
Bad Nursing Homes cause pressure sores. Pressure sores are a sign of neglect. Why do nursing home residents get pressure sores twice as often as hospital patients? In part because nursing homes do not have the same guidelines for nurse to patient ratios as hospitals do. Without these tough rules nursing homes are allowed to focus on their bottom line, profits. With a reduced number of caregivers to care for all the residents of a nursing home, the profits are maximized. Due to the lower staffing in nursing homes, patients are forced to wait longer for care, such as the changing of soiled linens and clothes. If an older person cannot change themselves then they are forced to sit or lay in their own urine until a caregiver arrives. While the elderly wait in their urine their skin is being weakened by the moisture making them more susceptible to pressure sores. And sadly, pressure sores are the underlying cause of death for several thousand Americans each year.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, hospital or other care facility, check that person's skin condition, weight and general care every time you visit. If you notice any sign of pressure sores or neglect, alert the nursing staff and attending physician or nursing home director immediately. You and other family members are in the best position to monitor and assess a loved one's condition. Be persistent, because if the administration and staff are slow to respond your loved one could develop pressure sores. Pressure sores are a sign of neglect! If you have a loved one who is being neglected, contact Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys at York Law Corporation to act on your behalf today!
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