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Stage II Bedsores are a Sign of a Worsening Wound
If your loved one has a developed a stage II bed sore, you need to know that the wound has a very good chance of developing into a more far more serious bed sore in the near future. Without proper care and treatment, a stage II bed sore can quickly deteriorate to a stage III or stage IV. Stage III and IV bed sores are very serious and often life-threatening wounds.
Understanding Stage II Bedsores
Bed sores have four stages of development. Stage II bedsore is the second stage stage. A stage II bed sore develops when the body is continuously subjected to prolonged exposure to pressure. The pressure wears down the skin and a wound forms.
During stage II bedsores, the skin impacted by the bed sore is broken. The outer layer of skin (epidermis) and part of the underlying layer of skin (dermis) is damaged or lost. This creates an open wound that, if not properly treated leaves underlying tissue, muscle and bone vulnerable. A stage II bed sore is commonly shallow in depth and pinkish or red. Stage II bed sores commonly look like a fluid-filled blister or a ruptured blister.
Stage II bedsores have just begun to expose underlying tissue and muscle. During this earlier stage of wound development, if the nursing staff acts quickly and effectively the stage II bed sore can be heal fairly easily.
A Nursing Home’s Obligations in Dealing with Stage II Bedsores
Upon discovery of a stage II bedsore, a Philadelphia / Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing home must be on high alert. The wound is beyond its initial stage and on the brink of developing into a far more serious stage III bed sore. Accordingly, the nursing home staff is required to take quick and effective action to try to heal the bed sore. These actions include cleaning the wound, applying dressings and applying barriers against infection.
Nursing staff must also review the nursing home residents care plan and determining if all skin care interventions are properly being implemented. For instance, Philadelphia / Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing homes have a duty to make sure that residents at risk of stage II bed sores are being turned and repositioned at least every two hours. If this is not being done and a resident develops a stage II bed sore, the nursing home is responsible for creating the stage II bed sore.
If all interventions are being properly implemented, the nursing staff at the Philadelphia / Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing home needs to consider adding additional interventions that may further help heal the stage II bed sore. If the nursing home fails to do this and the wound worsens, the nursing home can be held responsible.
You Need An Experienced Nursing Home Bed Sore Attorney
If your loved one has developed a stage II bed sore, you need to contact nursing home bed sore attorney Brian P. Murphy. Mr. Murphy has been handling nursing home related bed sore cases and other kinds of nursing home abuse and neglect for years. He is fully familiar with the neglect that occurs in Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes that leads to the development of stage II bed sores. Mr. Murphy fully understands the legal duties Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes have to make certain that stage II bed sores do not occur at their nursing homes. Should they occur, Mr. Murphy understands what actions must be immediately taken the address the wound. If a nursing home does not act quickly and effectively to address the stage II bed sore they can be held liable for neglect. Below are some examples of duties Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes have to their nursing home residents in preventing stage II bedsores.
- Nursing home staff must timely and effectively assess residents for their likelihood to develop bed sores. If a nursing home fails to do this and a stage II bed sore develops, the nursing home is responsible for the development of the bed sore.
- Should a resident already have a stage I bed sore and be at risk of developing a stage II bed sore, the nursing home staff must create a care plan meant to prevent the deterioration of the stage II bed sore. Interventions typically include turning and repositioning the resident, keeping the wound clean, and applying infection barrier creams. If this does not happen, the Philadelphia / Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing home may be liable for neglect.
- When an intervention is placed in a resident’s care plan the intervention (care or treatment) must be implemented timely and continuously by the nursing staff. If this does not happen, the nursing home can be held liable.
Contact Nursing Home Attorney Brian P. Murphy
If your loved one has developed a stage II bed sore, you should learn your legal rights today by contacting nursing home bed sore attorney Brian P. Murphy. Mr. Murphy practices nursing home abuse / neglect and bed sore cases in Philadelphia and all parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Read testimonials from Mr. Murphy’s former clients. Mr. Murphy offers free consultations and works on a contingency fee basis.
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