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If a member of your family is in a Pittsburgh or Allegheny County nursing home, you should know that your family member is at risk of bed sores. Bed sores, also known as pressure sores, are a serious concern in many Pittsburgh-area nursing homes. Once a bed sore develops, if it is not properly cared for and treated, it will develop into a serious medical problem.
Attorney Brian P. Murphy devotes his legal practice to nursing home abuse & neglect cases. Many of the lawsuits Mr. Murphy files involve bed sores. He handles cases throughout Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County area. Call Brian P. Murphy, Esq. for a free consultation.
Defining Bed Sores
Bed sores are by definition pressure wounds. This means pressure is the reason why the wounds form. Bedsores come in four stages.
Stage I bedsores appear as a reddened mark about the size of a coin. Stage I bed sores are not usually painful. They can usually be easily been healed.
Stage II wounds typically take the form of a blister or slight abrasion. They are not a very serious condition and, if treated properly, they can be healed rather easily.
Stage III wounds are serious medical conditions. At this point, the wound has deteriorated significantly. Underlying tissue is now rotting. A pressure wound at this stage is much harder to heal.
Stage IV wounds are severe wounds. At this point, the pressure ulcer has deepen significantly. Often a stage IV will have bone exposed. The wounds are often infected and can be life-threatening. They are extremely difficult to heal.
Bed sores develop on certain areas of the body including:
- Lower back
- Shoulder blades
What Causes Bed Sores
Bed sores develop from unrelieved pressure. Pressure on the skin needs to be offloaded regularly when a person is at risk for pressure . Regular turning and repositioning of nursing home residents is a must. However, if the nursing staff is not timely turning and repositioning residents, pressure sores will develop.
When it comes to avoiding bed sores, it is also vital that nursing home residents receive proper nutrition, hydration and hygiene care. If these are not properly provided, it puts a nursing home resident at a higher risk of a bed sore. When a nursing home resident develops a bed sore because this care was not properly provided, that person has suffered nursing home neglect.
Bed Sores Are Often Avoidable
Bed sores are a common occurrence at some Norristown and Montgomery County nursing home facilities; however, with proper care, bed sores can be avoided. When Norristown and Montgomery County nursing homes provide proper skin care, bed sores are prevented.
Nursing Home Neglect
Any resident admitted to a Pittsburgh or Allegheny County nursing home is required to have their skin assessed. If a nursing home resident is determined to be at risk of pressure ulcers, the Pittsburgh facility is required to take action. If this is not done and a pressure wound develops, nursing home neglect has taken place.
If your loved one has developed a bed sore, contact PA nursing home abuse and neglect attorney, Brian P. Murphy. He will help you hold the wrong-doing facility responsible.
Pittsburgh Bed Sore Attorney for
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Brian P. Murphy is an experienced and successful Pennsylvania nursing home abuse and neglect attorney. He regularly represents Pennsylvania nursing home residents subjected to pressure ulcers. If you see signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, take action; contact Brian P. Murphy today for a free consultation.
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