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Stage I Bedsores are a Warning Sign
Stage I bedsores are not as minor as they appear. If an elderly person or resident has a developed one or more stage I bedsores, you need to know that this seemingly minor wound is a clear and serious warning sign that he or she is at significant risk of developing more serious or unstageable bedsores. Without proper care and treatment, stage I bedsores can quickly deteriorate to other bed sore stages, such as stage II bedsores, stage iii bedsores, or stage iv bedsores. Stage III bedsores and stage IV bedsores are very serious and often life-threatening wounds.
Understanding Stage I Bedsores
Bed sores come in four stages. A stage I bed sore is the initial stage of bed sore development. Stage I bedsores develop when the body is subjected to prolonged exposure to pressure. The continuous pressure wears down the skin and a wound forms.
Stage I bed sores are also commonly referred to as stage I pressure sores or pressure ulcers. Stage I bed sores develop on bony prominences of the body, where there is less muscle and tissue between the skin and the underlying bone. Stage I bed sores often develop on heels, elbow, hips, sacrum area of the buttock, and shoulder blades. In addition to pressure, other factors can also contribute to the development of a stage I bed sore include malnutrition, dehydration and poor hygiene.
A stage I bedsore is a reddened area usually about the size of a coin but can at times be larger and smaller. Depending upon adjacent tissue, a stage I bed sore can be either warm or cool to the touch. At stage I, the skin is not broken. It may cause some minor pain and itching. Stage I bed sores have not impacted the underlying tissue and muscle and because of this, stage I bed sores are fairly easy to heal.
A Nursing Home’s Obligations in Dealing with Stage I Bedsores
Upon discovery of a stage I bedsore, a Philadelphia / Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing home is required to take immediate action to try to heal the bed sore. These actions include reviewing the nursing home residents care plan and determining if all current skin care interventions are being properly and continuously implemented by the nursing staff. For example, Philadelphia / Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing homes have a duty to make sure that residents at risk of bed sores are being turned and repositioned in their beds and wheelchairs at least every two hours. If this is not being done and a resident develops a stage I bed sore, the nursing home is responsible for creating that stage I bed sore.
If all interventions are being properly and continuously implemented, the nursing staff at the Philadelphia / Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing home needs to consider adding interventions that may further help reduce pressure and heal the stage I bed sore. If the nursing home fails to do this and the wound further deteriorates, the nursing home can be held responsible for the worsening of the wound.
You Need an Experienced Stage I Bedsore Attorney
If your loved one has developed a stage I bed sore, you should contact bed sore attorney Brian P. Murphy. Mr. Murphy has been handling nursing home bed sore cases and other types of nursing home abuse and neglect for years. He is fully familiar with nursing home neglect that leads to development and deterioration of stage I bed sores. Mr. Murphy understands the legal obligations of Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes have to make certain stage I bed sores do not occur at their facilities and, if they do, to quickly and effectively address them. Listed below are examples of duties Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes have to residents in preventing stage I bedsores.
- Nursing home staff must timely and effectively assess residents for their propensity to develop bed sores. If they
do not and a stage I bed sore develops, the nursing home is responsible for the development of the bed sore.
- Should a resident be at risk of developing a stage I bed sore, the nursing home staff then has the responsibility to create a care plan with interventions meant to prevent the development of stage I bed sores. Interventions typically include turning and repositioning the resident, keeping the resident clean, hydrated and nourished. If this does not happen, the Philadelphia / Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing home can be held liable.
- When an intervention is placed in a care plan the intervention must be implemented timely and continuously by the nursing staff. If this does not happen, the facility can be held liable.
- Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes are required to inform a resident’s family members immediately upon the development of a stage I bed sore. If this does not happen the nursing home can be held responsible.
Contact Nursing Home Attorney Brian P. Murphy
You need to learn your legal rights today by contacting bed sore attorney Brian P. Murphy. Mr. Murphy practices nursing home abuse / neglect and bed sore cases in Philadelphia, throughout Pennsylvania and all parts of New Jersey. He can offer you a free, one-on-one consultation. Mr. Murphy works on a contingency basis.
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