Delaware Nursing Home Neglect
In many incidences, moving a loved one to a nursing facility is the only option for the family. However, placing their care in the hands of the nursing home requires a high level of trust in the doctors, nurses and nursing aides. It is their hope that the medical professionals will take every action necessary to ensure that the patient remains healthy. The family must believe that the care provided by the staff will not worsen their loved one’s condition, such as developing a pressure ulcer (bedsore; decubitus ulcer; pressure sore).
Pressure ulcers are common occurrences for any individual who is bedridden or bound to a wheelchair and unable to readjust their position on their own. Any pressure on the skin for an extended period can easily limit the amount of oxygenated blood flow to the skin. In just a few hours of oxygen deprivation, the skin can quickly begin to die or become physically damaged beyond repair.
The decubitus ulcer usually begins to form as a reddened area and/or blister. The skin is often significantly softer or firmer than the tissue in surrounding areas, and can be tender to the touch. In its early stage, simply relieving the pressure is normally all that is required to allow oxygen to return to the area and begin the healing process. However, advanced stages can be life threatening when severe ulceration and infection occur.A Sign of Neglect: Pressure Sores Acquired at a Delaware Nursing Home or Hospital
Families must believe that the staff will do everything possible to provide quality care around-the-clock, following procedures, protocols and treatments to optimize the health of their loved one and improve their quality of living. However, detecting a pressure ulcer is often an early indicator that the nursing home healthcare professionals are negligent in performing their duties.
This is because nearly every pressure ulcer is preventable as long as the medical staff uses proven methods to deter bedsore development. The easy steps listed below are simple and effective for preventing pressure sores when performed on a routine basis. The steps include:
- Ensure that the patient receives proper nutrition and is always hydrated
- Follow an implement a regimen of turning the body position of bedridden and wheelchair-bound patients at least one time every hour or so
- Quickly change any soiled garment, padding, cushion and/or bed linens
- Ensure that the patient’s skin remains dry and clean
- Provide proper treatment for all existing bedsores to discourage progression and encourage healing
If the medical staff does not provide adequate treatment, the decubitus ulcer can become significantly worse. In its advanced stages (Stage III & IV), the sore can become permanently damaged, especially when bone, muscle tissue and tendons are exposed. Without proper antibiotics, osteomyelitis (bone infection) and/or sepsis (blood infection) can quickly take the life of the patient.
Many times families are angered at the thought that the nursing staff would be so negligent as to cause their loved one to suffer pain and injury from a bedsore. They understand that had the nurses and nursing aides implemented routine checks on their loved one skin, the sore could have been detected before it became a debilitating condition. Typically, their only remedy is to take legal steps by hiring a Delaware pressure ulcer attorney to stop the neglect.
Below is a list of professionals dedicated to helping nursing home patients heal from their pressure sores. Highly trained medical professionals specializing in healing bedsores can be sent to your loved ones nursing facility to provide proven methods for treating their pressure ulcer. They provide services in many Delaware cities including:
If you are suspicious that your loved one’s pressure ulcer is the result of neglect or abuse by the nursing home staff, it is essential to fill out the form here to contact the professionals listed below. Scheduling a no-cost confidential consultation is the first step in stopping the abuse of your loved one to begin their healing process also begins here by contacting Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today for your free case evaluation.