What Causes Bed Sores?
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Bed Sores are Inexcusable Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing Home Residents Suffer as Overly Strict Covid Restrictions PersistThe vast majority of bed sores that develop on residents in nursing homes all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including but not limited to Philadelphia, Bucks County, Mercer County, Montgomery County, and Lehigh County are entirely avoidable with proper and attentive care. Do not allow nursing home staff to make excuses. Regardless of the age or medical condition of a nursing home resident, bed sores will not develop or deteriorate if pressure is properly and continuously relieved. Only in very limited circumstances can a bed sore be considered “unavoidable.”

Bed Sores and Unrelieved Pressure

It is important to understand what causes bed sores. When a nursing home resident develops one or more bed sores, concerned family members want to know how it happened. Rarely do they receive the correct information. Bed sores are caused by unrelieved pressure on the body. That is why bed sores are also commonly known in the medical community as pressure sores.

Pressure sore is a term not commonly used by nursing home staff members because it is too revealing. A bed sore develops when a resident is sitting or lying in one position for a prolonged time period and pressure is unrelieved. Nursing homes do not want concerned family members to make the connection between bed sores and pressure. They would rather attribute the bed sore to the resident’s old age and poor health conditions. Although these factors can contribute to the deterioration of bed sores, they do not create them. Only pressure can create a bed sore.

This Is What Causes Bed Sores

Nursing Homes’ Failure to Relieve Pressure ~ Neglect

Upon admission to any Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, or New Jersey long-term care facility, which includes nursing homes, assisted living centers,  and in some cases hospitals, all residents are assessed by the staff to determine if they are at risk of developing bed sores (aka pressure sores). Most elderly nursing home residents are at risk for developing bed sores.

There are a number of conditions that put residents at risk for developing bed sores including a resident’s age, weight, medical conditions, and ability to move in his/her bed (bed mobility) or in a wheelchair; however, it is important to understand that none of these risk factors, either alone or together, will develop a bed sore. Every bed sore that develops is the direct result of prolonged exposure to pressure. Relieving pressure is a must for any long-term care or nursing home resident who is at risk for bed sores. It is the duty of each nursing home care center to make sure this is done timely and consistently. If not, nursing home neglect has occurred.

Pressure relief is obtained in a variety of ways. First and foremost, while in bed or sitting in a wheelchair, a long-term care or nursing home resident must be turned or repositioned at least every two hours. If this does not happen and a bed sore develops, the nursing home or facility has neglected the resident. All Pennsylvania (including Philadelphia) and New Jersey nursing homes are also responsible for providing pressure-relieving devices, such as air mattresses, wheelchair cushions, and specialty beds in order to relieve pressure. If these are determined to be necessary and they are not provided, nursing home neglect has occurred.

If you believe your loved one may have suffered nursing home neglect or abuse and bed sores have resulted, you should immediately speak with Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Brian P. Murphy to learn about your loved one’s rights.

More Bed Sore Causes

Short-Staffed Nursing Homes ~ Bed Sores

In and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the Delaware Valley, long-term care and nursing home corporate owners have a history of intentionally reducing their nursing home staffing levels to keep costs down and profits up. Although this may be a sensible business practice, when taken to an extreme, it places vulnerable nursing home residents at great risk of nursing home abuse and neglect, including the development and deterioration of bed sores.

Elderly nursing home residents who are in continuous need of assistance are commonly neglected when a long-term care center or nursing home facility s short-staffed. Nurses and their nurse aides simply do not have sufficient time to provide proper care. As a result, a wide variety of nursing home neglect and abuse occurs. Bed sore development is one of the most common signs of neglect found in short-staffed area nursing home facilities, which includes Philadelphia, Trenton, Princeton, Hopewell, and all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

You should know that the vast majority of bed sores that develop at these nursing homes are avoidable if proper care is provided. Stage III bedsores and Stage IV bedsores are recognized by the medical community as “never events” (egregious medical errors that should not happen); however, because some Philadelphia, PA, and NJ nursing home owners place profitability above the well-being of their residents, nursing staff is not available to provide such basic care as turning and repositioning, cleaning and feeding.


Signs of Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes

In addition to bed sores, the injuries/incidents below are all common signs of nursing home neglect and abuse. Contact Attorney Brian P. Murphy for a free detailed discussion about your concerns.

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Pennsylvania and New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer, Brian P. Murphy, is highly trained to focus on all aspects of a bed sore case. With years of experience to his credit, Mr. Murphy, knows precisely what to look for and where to find it to determine if you have a valid bed sore case. Get your questions answered.

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Bucks County attorney Brian Murphy | Exclusively Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect casesBrian P. Murphy is an experienced and well-regarded New Jersey and Pennsylvania nursing home abuse attorney. He has successfully represented many elderly nursing home residents subjected to abuse and neglect. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If you see signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, take immediate action today. Contact nursing home abuse attorney, Brian P. Murphy, to discuss your potential legal matter.

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