Bedsores Due To Nursing Home Neglect

Bedsores, also known as decubitus ulcers, are entirely preventable with proper care. That's why when bedsores occur in a nursing home or other facility, it's not enough to get the situation corrected. It is also important to send a message to the facility operator that this type of negligence is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., our attorneys handle cases involving bedsores in any type of care facility. We have over 50 years of experience helping people injured because of negligence, and we use the knowledge and skills gained over the years to develop strong cases for our clients.

Contact us today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you or a loved one. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO to schedule an appointment.

What causes bedsores?

Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, result when the skin is under pressure for a protracted period of time. These sores often develop in bony areas such as the heels, ankles, hips and buttocks. They occur primarily when people are in the same position for long periods of time and most frequently occur when people are confined to bed for long stretches or use a wheelchair. Once begun, a bedsore can be difficult to treat, which is why it is so important to take the steps necessary to prevent them.

It is important that staff in care facilities recognize the initial signs of bedsores — reddened skin and skin that does not whiten when touched (in people with light skin). This is when it is easiest to reverse the development of bedsores. After this stage, the skin breaks, infection can set in, and the wound can become very deep and hard to treat.

Who should be checked for bedsores?

People who spend a great deal of time in a wheelchair should be checked for sores on the:

  • Spine or buttocks
  • Shoulder blades
  • Backs of arms and legs

Patients who are confined to bed most of the time are vulnerable to bedsores in places such as:

  • The head and ears
  • Shoulders
  • Hips, lower back and tailbone
  • Heels, ankles and back of the knees

How to prevent nursing home or hospital bedsores

Our Columbus, Ohio, attorneys know that moving patients regularly if they cannot move themselves is critical to preventing bedsores. Checking patients in places where bedsores are likely to develop and taking action at the first sign that the skin is compromised are also important. Nursing homes and other care facilities may argue that they don't have the staff to do this. Lack of staffing isn't an excuse — it is up to the facility to figure out how to provide the level of care needed to prevent bedsores.

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If you or a loved one developed bedsores in a Columbus, Ohio, nursing home or extended care facility, call 1-800-ELK-OHIO (1-800-355-6446) for a free consultation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year or contact us online. Our lawyers want to learn what happened.

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