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Bed Sores at Ohio Nursing Homes
The formation of severe bed sores are far too common in nursing homes throughout Ohio. These types of problems are preventable and should not happen. If your loved one has suffered from this form of nursing home abuse, take action to stop it from happening again. Give us a call at 1-800-297-9191 or send us a Website Message now.
Bed Sores, Pressure Sores and Decubitus Ulcers
Bedsores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers form when skin and tissue break down from constant pressure and bad circulation. They occur most often in the hip, lower back, and heel areas .At first, the skin becomes red and irritated. Eventually, open sores develop. If untreated, the condition leads to destruction of muscle and even bone.
Federal law requires that nursing homes have bed sore prevention programs. Yet, bed sores are a primary source of injury to elder patients in nursing homes.
If your loved one has bed sores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, it is almost certainly from the neglect of nursing home personnel.
Bed Sores, Pressure Sores and Decubitus Ulcers fall into four categories:
Stage 1 is an area of skin redness that does not diminish once pressure is relieved.
Stage 2 is a loss of skin layers that looks like an "abrasion, blister, or shallow crater."
In Stage 3, a full thickness of skin is lost, exposing tissue. This is described as a deep crater.
In stage 4, a full thickness of skin and tissue is lost, exposing muscle or bone.
Bedridden nursing home residents may develop bedsores if they receive poor nursing care. To prevent bed sores, a nursing home patient must be moved or repositioned every 2 hours to minimize rubbing, pressure, and friction. Lubricants and protective padding may also be helpful.
Incontinent patients are particularly susceptible to bedsores because exposure to moisture from urine increases the risk of skin damage.
Our attorneys are highly experienced and skilled in finding the causes of any injury to your loved one. We are very happy to sit down with you and discuss this issue, or any issue that you may have with a nursing home. We always offer FREE consultations. Please call us at 1-800-297-9191 or send us a confidential Website Message for review by a nursing home abuse attorney.
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