Bed Sores

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Bed Sores Are Preventable

Bed sores, also known as bedsores, decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers, or pressure sores, are a common occurrence at many Philadelphia / Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing homes. You need to know that bed sores are almost entirely preventable.
Bed sores are pressure-induced skin ulcerations. They develop when an individual is left for prolong periods in the same position. When nursing home residents are left unattended in their beds or wheelchairs they often develop bed sores.

Bedsores begin as a minor wound but if neglected the wound can rapidly deteriorate. Serious bed sores involve the death of living tissue and often create an infected bone-deep. Severe bed sores can even penetrate an individual’s internal organs. Bed sores commonly develop when bony prominences such as the shoulder blades, heels, elbows, sacrum, hips, etc.


Bed Sores’ Four Stages of Deterioration

  1. Stage I bedsores generally consists of a small patch of reddened skin about the size of a quarter. It is usually not painful but it poses a serious threat. If proper measures are not taken the Stage I bed sore can quickly deteriorate.
  2. Stage II bedsores have a small patch of skin that will grow in size and the wound will begin to develop some depth.
  3. Stage III bedsores are considerably larger as is the depth. Tissue in and around the wound begins to die and become necrotic (or rot).
  4. Stage IV bedsores are significantly larger and deeper. Necrotic tissue has often grown considerably and begins emanating a foul smell. Wounds left to deteriorate to a Stage IV are commonly infected. Pus and discharge are also often found. The wound’s depth often reaches the individual’s underlying bone.
Bedsore Facts
  • Most nursing home residents are bedridden individuals who are dependent on care providers to turn or re-position them. When this does not happen, nursing home neglect has occurred and bed sores develop.
  • Bed sores develop on a person’s bony prominences, such as the shoulder blades, heels, elbows, sacrum, hips, and more.
  • Bed sores are prone to infection and can result in death.


Nursing Home Neglect and Bed Sores

Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing home staff are responsible for turning and repositioning nursing home residents at risk of bed sores. Turning and repositioning  needs to be provided at least every two hours. The mandatory two hour time period is often overlooked and undervalued by care providers. This type of nursing home neglect can be detrimental to nursing home residents. Individuals who are left for prolonged periods without being turned and repositioned will develop bed sores.


Bedsore Risk Factors

There are other risk factors for bed sores such as health conditions, malnutrition in nursing homes, dehydration, and poor hygiene and bedsores; however, bed sores cannot form without unrelieved pressure. That is why they are also known as pressure ulcer or pressure sores.


Bed Sores and the Law

An individual who is admitted to a Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing home is required under federal and state law  to be assessed for his or her potential for developing a bed sore. If an individual is at high risk of developing a bed sore, the nursing home staff is required to pay close attention to the issue. The skin will need to be monitored regularly for bed sore development. Additionally, interventions (turning or repositioning residents; use of cushions or air mattresses) need to be implemented to prevent bed sore development and/or deterioration.  If these actions are not taken the Philadelphia / PA or NJ nursing home can be beheld liable for bed sore development.


An Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

You need an experienced PA or NJ nursing home abuse attorney to help you understand if nursing home neglect occurred and what rights you have under the law to hold a wrong-doing nursing home accountable. Nursing home abuse attorney, Brian P. Murphy routinely deals with bed sore cases. If you suspect your loved one may be suffering from a bed sore that could have been prevented, Brian P. Murphy, Esq. for a free consultation.

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Contact a Nursing Home Attorney

Brian P. Murphy, Esq. is an experienced and well-regarded nursing home abuse attorney who has successfully represented many elderly nursing home residents subjected to nursing home abuse and neglect including bed sores. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout Philadelphia / Pennsylvania and New Jersey and practices law at an established law firm in Trenton. If you see signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, take immediate action today. Contact nursing home abuse attorney, Brian P. Murphy, Esq. for a free consultation.


All nursing home abuse and neglect legal matters are billed on a contingency fee basis. All Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing home abuse cases are personally handled by Brian Murphy, Esq.


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