Idaho Nursing Home Neglect
When residents of a nursing home or assisted living facility are unable to reposition themselves, they are often susceptible to developing a bedsore. Immobility is a common factor in developing and advancing bedsores (pressure sores; decubitus ulcers; pressure ulcers).
A key component to preventing a developing pressure sore is to implement a two-hour readjustment or “turning” schedule as a part of the resident’s health care plan. This ensures that any pressure on the body that touches the bed, chair or other body part is alleviating before it causes any damage to underlying tissue.
Within just a couple of hours, decubitus ulcers develop on any bony area of the body where pressure is continuously applied. This is because the pressure restricts oxygenated blood to the skin, which can cause permanent damage. If the pressure is not alleviated and oxygen cannot flow into the tissue, the area can become ulcerated and the skin can die. When this occurs, a shallow crater usually forms, exposing underlying tissue and fat.
Advancing stages of decubitus ulcers are often life threatening. In the final stages of a developing bedsore, muscle, tendons, ligaments and bone can be exposed. The open wound makes the area highly susceptible to a serious bone infection (osteomyelitis) and/or blood infection (sepsis). In severe cases, patients can die quickly from the infection.
Because the demand for nursing home beds in Idaho has risen dramatically over the last few years, so too has the need for quality medical staff of registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The limited availability of highly trained professionals leaves nursing homes to hire unskilled caregivers. Many of these poorly trained caregivers have not received proper training to ensure that every patient at the facility is provided quality medical care. As a result, many patients develop a bedsore through neglect or improper monitoring.
The medical team at a nursing facility must perform specific tasks to minimize the potential of every patient developing a bedsore. These include:
Perform a skin assessment of every patient upon admittance to set a baseline of their skin’s integrity
Note any existing bedsore during the skin assessment and take appropriate action to start healing protocols immediately
Ensure that the patient remains hydrated and consumes a healthy nutritious diet
Closely monitor the patient to ensure they are constantly clean and dry
Never allow patients to lie in their own urine, feces or sweat because excessive moisture can degrade the integrity of the skin
Strictly enforce a two-hour “turning” schedule ensuring that every patient is repositioned to alleviate pressure on bony prominences including the shoulders, head, hips, ankles, heels, buttocks, spine, sacrum and elbows
Many times, families are told by the medical staff that bedsores are to be expected as a part of the aging process. However, claiming bedsores just happen as a common occurrence in a nursing facility setting is untrue. Typically, these comments by the nursing facility administrators are usually a tactic for shielding the organization against potential litigation.
All too often premature death occurs from an infected bedsore acquired at the facility. Any advancing stage of a developing bedsore in a nursing home is usually an obvious sign that neglect and mistreatment is occurring at the facility. When family members detect a bedsore, it is essential to take immediate action to protect their loved one from further harm. It is essential to hire an Idaho bed sore attorney to stop the pain and abuse.
A skilled lawyer can hire a medical team with specific training in treating difficult decubitus ulcers. They provide their services in cities all across Idaho including:
- Idaho Falls
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