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Stage III Bedsores Are Severe Wounds
A stage III bedsore, is a severe wound that is categorized by the medical community as a medical error that should not happen. When stage III bedsores develop, they pose a serious threat to an individuals health. Stage III bedsores are a common sign of nursing home neglect. Without proper and continuous care and treatment a stage III bed sore will likely deteriorate into a very severe and often life-threatening stage IV bed sore.
Understanding Stage III Bedsores
Stage III bedsores are the third stage of pressure sore development. At this stage, the bed sore has deteriorated in significant ways. The wound’s depth has increased significantly. The tissue within the bed sore is necrotic (has begun to rot). This leads to full loss of subcutaneous tissue (the tissue immediately under the skin). Fat below the tissue may be exposed. The extensive tissue damage that occurs during the third stage of bed sore development makes the wound significantly harder to heal and very vulnerable to further deterioration. Stage III bedsores often begin to exude a strong odor and can be very painful. They are often accompanied by infection which can be very problematic for the individuals health.
A Nursing Home’s Obligations in Dealing with Stage III Bed Sores
Upon discovery of a stage III bed sore, a Philadelphia / Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing home must take immediate action. The wound has now reached a stage that makes healing of the wound significantly more difficult. Accordingly, the nursing home staff is required to take quick and effective action in attempt to prevent further deterioration and, if possible, begin to heal the bed sore.
These actions include the following:
- Changing the resident’s position at a minimum of every 2 hours
- Using foam padding, special bedding, or other medically-approved items to reduce pressure on the bed sore
- Provide proper nutrition with a well-balanced diet
- Make certain the resident is continuously hydrated
- Make certain the individual is cleaned regularly to avoid bed sore infection
- Applying creams as directed by a medical professional
Philadelphia, PA and NJ nursing homes must also review the nursing home residents care plan and determine if it needs to be updated. The nursing home must also ensure that the care and treatment interventions on the care plan are be provided both properly and timely. If these things are not being done, the Philadelphia / PA or NJ nursing home can be held liable for the stage III bed sore.
You Need An Experienced Nursing Home Bedsore Attorney
If your loved one has developed a stage III bed sore, you need to contact nursing home bed sore attorney immediately. Brian P. Murphy has been filing lawsuits against Philadelphia / Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing homes because of neglectful bed sore care for years.
Mr. Murphy also understands the legal obligations Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes have when it comes to preventing, treating and caring for stage III bed sores. Mr. Murphy knows precisely where to look and with whom to speak to determine if the nursing home acted improperly. Below are some examples of duties Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes have to their nursing home residents in preventing stage III bed sores.
- Nursing home staff must initially and periodically assess residents for their likelihood to develop bed sores. If a nursing home fails to do this and a stage III bed sore develops, the nursing home is responsible for the development of the wound.
- Should a resident already have a stage III bed sore and be at risk of developing a stage IV bed sore, the nursing home staff must create a plan of care that is meant to prevent the further deterioration of the stage III bed sore. Interventions typically include off-loading of pressure via turning and repositioning, special surface cushions and mattresses, daily monitoring and cleaning of the wound and application of infection barrier creams. If this does not happen, the Philadelphia / Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing home can be liable for neglect.
- When a care intervention is created by a physician or the supervising nursing staff the intervention must be implemented timely and regularly by the nursing staff. If the nursing home staff fails to do this, the nursing home can be held liable.
Contact Nursing Home Attorney Brian P. Murphy
If your loved one has developed a stage III bed sore, you should learn your legal rights. Contact nursing home bed sore attorney Brian P. Murphy. Mr. Murphy is highly regarded by his former clients. Read what their testimonials. Mr. Murphy offers free consultations and works on a contingency fee basis. Mr. Murphy practices nursing home abuse / neglect and bed sore cases in Philadelphia and throughout all parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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