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When to Contact a Bethlehem Bed Sore Attorney
If you have a loved one in a Bethlehem or Lehigh County nursing home, you should know that your loved could be at risk of developing a bed sore. Bed sores, also known as pressure sores, are a very serious concern in many Bethlehem and Lehigh County nursing facilities. Once a bed sore develops, if it is not properly cared for, it will often develop into a very serious medical problem and can even lead to death.
Call Brian P. Murphy, Esq. for a one-on-one free consultation. Mr. Murphy devotes his practice to nursing home neglect litigation. He has filed suit against many nursing homes for improper bed sore care. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout Bethlehem and Lehigh County, NJ.
Defining Bed Sores
Bed sores are pressure-induced wounds. This is why bed sores are often more accurately called pressure sores or pressure wounds. The continuous pressure placed on the skin creates the bed sore.
Bed sores come is four stages of development. Stage I bed sores seem harmless. They begin as small reddened areas about the size of a coin; however, without proper attention and care these small wounds can quickly develop into stage III and stage IV wounds. These wounds are large deep wounds. They are often infected and can be life-threatening.
Bed sores develop on certain areas of the body including:
- Ischium (sit bone)
- Shoulder blades
- Lower back
What Causes Bed Sores
Bed sores develop when the skin is exposed to continuous and on-going pressure. Pressure on the skin needs to be offloaded regularly. Proper and timely turning and repositioning by the nursing staff is a must. If not done a bed sore will develop.
When it comes to avoiding bed sores, it is also very important to make certain nursing home residents are receiving proper hydration, nutrition and hygiene care. If these are not adequately provided, it puts a nursing home resident at a significantly greater risk of bed sore development. If this care is not provided and a nursing home resident develops a bed sore, that person is likely the victim of nursing home neglect.
Bed Sores are Often Avoidable
Bed sores are a common occurrence at some Bethlehem and Lehigh County nursing home facilities; however, with proper care, bed sores can usually be avoided. When Bethlehem and Lehigh County nursing homes provide proper skin care, bed sores are prevented.
Nursing Home Neglect
Any resident admitted to a Bethlehem or Lehigh County-area nursing home is required to have their skin examined to determine if they are at risk of pressure sores. If a nursing home resident is determined to be at risk, the Bethlehem facility is required to take certain action. If this is action is not taken and a pressure wound develops, nursing home neglect has taken place.
If your loved one has developed a bed sore, contact Pennsylvania nursing home abuse attorney, Brian P. Murphy. Allow him to help you hold the facility responsible.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
Brian P. Murphy is an experienced and successful Pennsylvania nursing home abuse and neglect attorney. He commonly represents Pennsylvania nursing home residents subjected to bed sores. If you see signs of nursing home abuse, take action; contact Brian P. Murphy for a free consultation.
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