Hawaii Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing homes in Hawaii have a legal obligation to their patients to protect their safety and well-being. Most disabled and elderly residents in nursing facilities are sickly and require constant care from qualified medical staff. Many families entrust nursing facilities to provide the quality care to their loved one. They expect the home to give them the kindness, dignity and respect they deserve. Unfortunately, many patients are mistreated or neglected.
Statistics maintained by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) show that more than 50 percent of all citizens will be a resident in a nursing facility at some point in their life. They will require the medical staff to assist them with their personal hygiene, basic needs, and medical requirements to maintain a quality of health. However, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), more than 10 percent of all patients residing in nursing homes today suffer from bedsores, which are nearly always preventable.
Bedsores are common occurrence in nursing homes because they easily develop without proper monitoring by competent staff. A bedsore (pressure sore; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer) develops when constant pressure is applied the skin over an extended time. In just a few hours, the pressure on the skin can limit blood flow and oxygen causing permanent damage or death to the surrounding tissue. If left untreated, the pressure sore can begin to ulcerate, causing an open wound susceptible to life-threatening infections of the blood and bone.
Successful nursing facilities develop and implement protocols to ensure the patient’s skin integrity. Patients admitted to the home usually go under a thorough evaluation. The medical staff conducts an assessment to determine the baseline of the patient’s skin integrity, and notes any detected existing pressure ulcer. When a bedsore is identified, the doctor directs the medical staff to use proven protocol to effectively treat the sore. In nearly every case of early-stage bedsores, the wounds can heal easily.
Unfortunately, neglect is a common occurrence in nursing facilities in Hawaii. When a bedsore is acquired in the nursing home, it is typically an indicator of neglect or mistreatment. Numerous factors contribute to abuse and neglect cases reported in the state. In many incidences, the nurses and nursing aides in the facility perform their duties under stressful situations and are often overworked and underpaid. They are often poorly trained, which can lead to unintentional or intentional mistreatment of the residents.
Any advancing bedsore is usually an obvious sign of neglect. This is because the staff only needs to perform three specific duties to avoid a developing sore. These duties include:
Ensure that patients are consuming a nutritious diet and remain hydrated.
Take every step to ensure that patients remain clean and dry to avoid contact with moisture from their own sweat, feces and urine.
Turn or reposition wheelchair-bound and bedridden patients every two hours to alleviate the pressure on bony prominences including their hipbones, ankles, heels, shoulders, sacrum, buttocks and head.
In many incidences, the nursing home administration does not contact family members when a loved one is suffering a bedsore. Because of that, it is essential to be proactive to ensure your loved one is receiving routine skin integrity assessments.Stopping the Neglect. Taking Legal Action Now
If you discover your loved one is suffering a bedsore in the nursing home, you can take legal steps to stop the neglect immediately. By contacting a Hawaii bed sore lawyer, the attorney can send a medical team of dedicated professionals specifically trained to treat complex pressure ulcers to your loved one’s room in the nursing home. Our nursing home legal team can provide proper treatment using proven procedures and protocols to start the healing process of the wound. These services are provided in cities all across Hawaii including:
Using every available medical and legal tool, these professionals can protect the most vulnerable patient. Contact a reputable Hawaii bed sore lawyer listed below to provide your loved one an advocate dedicated to stopping the abuse and mistreatment today.