Connecticut Nursing Home Neglect
Residents of a nursing facility confined to their bed or wheelchair have an increased potential of developing a decubitus ulcer (bedsore; pressure sore; pressure ulcer). If the condition is not treated effectively and promptly, it can cause permanent damage or a fatal infection.
Decubitus ulcers usually develop when bedridden or wheelchair-bound patients remain in one position for an extended time. The condition is the result of pressure on the skin that limits the amount of blood flow to the area. When the skin is deprived oxygen after just a couple of hours, it can become damaged, inflamed, reddened and even die.
Certain areas of the body are most affected. These are usually bony prominences including:
- Toes, heels and ankles
- Back of the knees, legs, buttocks and hipbones
- Sacrum, spine, shoulder blades, shoulders and the back of the head
Nearly every type of bedsore is preventable if action is taken in its earliest stage. Because of that, it is essential that doctors properly evaluate the patient when being admitted to the facility and develop an effective plan for bedsore prevention. The plan should include:
- Proper detection of any existing bedsore
- Identifying patients most at risk for developing decubitus ulcers
- Implement a pressure sore prevention plan by turning bedridden and wheelchair-bound patients at least one time every two hours
- Use procedures including debridement to remove rotting or dead tissue from the pressure ulcer to avoid becoming worse
Unfortunately, bedsores are a common problem in nursing homes due to understaffing and insufficient training of the nurses and nurses’ aides at the facility. Many times, nurses tend to focus on the resident’s primary health condition and do not monitor the patient’s skin properly to detect any decubitus ulcer in its early stage.
Many nursing facilities put profitability of the nursing facility ahead of providing quality care to patients around-the-clock. However, developing and implementing an effective health plan for every bedridden patient could improve the quality of their well-being. Routine repositioning of immobile patients could eliminate nearly every incident of bedsore development in the facility. Relieving the pressure on the skin at the site of an existing decubitus ulcer could provide oxygen-rich blood to damaged tissue to encourage healing.What Families Can Do When Their Loved Has Acquired a Pressure Ulcer During an Admission to a Connecticut Facility?
In all likelihood, you placed your loved one in a nursing facility because the family was unable to provide proper health care to assist in their ailment, illness, disability or medical condition. You likely believed that your loved one would be treated with dignity in a loving environment while under the care of experience nursing staff. You probably thought that the nursing home would develop an effective plan to maintain your loved one’s health, and implement the plan with competent, well-trained medical staff.
If you suspect your loved one is suffering serious harm from a bedsore, or died from negligent care of an existing pressure sore, you can likely file a malpractice claim. A claim for compensation can provide you peace of mind knowing that the negligent actions of the medical staff will stop immediately and save other patients in the facility from the same mistreatment.
The dedicated professionals listed below can provide you a variety of legal options to stop the neglect of your loved one in the nursing facility. These professionals offer services throughout Connecticut in many cities including:
- New Haven
If your loved one is suffering from a bedsore, a skilled Connecticut decubitus ulcer lawyer can take legal action to stop the neglect by the nursing home staff immediately. The law firm can build a solid claim for financial recompense to cover expenses including the cost of medical care provided by professionals who specialize in treating decubitus ulcers.
The professionals provide at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC offer a no obligation free consultation to discuss a malpractice claim. They accept cases on contingency, which means the family is not required to pay any upfront fees.