Nevada Nursing Home Neglect
The patients residing in a Nevada nursing home most susceptible to developing a pressure sore are those confined to a wheelchair or bedridden. Pressure sores (pressure ulcers; bedsores; decubitus ulcers) can cause extensive permanent damage to the patient’s skin and underlying tissue. Additionally, pressure sores are often the direct or underlying cause of death of many nursing home residents due to an uncontrollable infection.
Pressure sores typically develop when wheelchair-bound or bedridden nursing home residents remain idle for an extended time. Without movement, the pressure where skin contacts the chair or bed can cut off oxygen-rich blood to the affected area. The oxygen deprivation cause extensive damage after just two hours where the skin becomes reddened, inflamed and damaged.
There are specific parts on the body that are more susceptible to developing pressure sores than others. These include bony areas like:
- Ankles, toes and heels
- Back of the knees and elbows
- Hipbones, sacrum and buttocks
- Spine, neck and the back of the head
Almost all types of pressure sores are preventable. Even a developing bedsore in its early stage can heal quickly if immediate action is taken. The simplest solutions for avoiding the development of a pressure sore include taking preventative steps from the time the patient is admitted to the facility until they leave.
Many doctors formulate a treatment plan to ensure that bedsore development is eliminated, even with patients who are highly susceptible to the condition. The plan often includes:
Performing a full body assessment to evaluate the skin when the patient is admitted to the nursing home
Following a doctor’s healing plan using proven protocols for any bedsore detected during admittance
Identify any admitted patient who has a high susceptibility to developing a decubitus ulcer, based on their medical status, lack of mobility or other issue
Follow a bedsore prevention plan that includes readjusting or turning wheelchair-bound or bedridden patients once every two hours or less night and day
Accelerate healing by treating existing bedsores with proven protocols including debridement and wound dressings to ensure that all dead or rotting tissue is removed from the ulcer
Many overcrowded nursing facilities are understaffed or hire nurses and nursing aides without sufficient training. Because of a lack of qualified personnel, decubitus ulcers have become an all too common problem. Often times, the nursing staff becomes focused on managing the patient’s primary health needs and neglect any secondary needs. The nurses forget to monitor their patient’s skin at least once every day to look for any signs of a developing sore in its early stage.
Inattention can quickly become a problem in facilities where the nursing staff is overworked, often at the cost of the patient’s health. Without regular repositioning by the staff following a routine schedule, mobility-challenge patients are not able to adjust their body position on their own.
As a result, bedsores develop quickly when the patient is left to lie in the same position for hours at a time. In addition, if the patient is forced to lie in their own feces, urine or sweat, the added moisture can cause extensive damage to the wound, causing it to progress even more rapidly. Nearly every facility-acquired decubitus ulcer is an indicator of negligence where immediate action should be taken.Hiring a Nevada Pressure Ulcer Attorney
In addition to discussing immediate changes with the nursing home administrator, it is essential to hire a reputable Nevada pressure sore lawyer immediately. A skilled nursing home attorney can take steps to stop the negligence and provide medical personnel specially trained in treating life-threatening decubitus ulcers.
If you are looking for an attorney to assist with the investigation or prosecution of a nursing home abuse case involving bed sores or other injury visit the pages below:
- Las Vegas Pressure Sore & Nursing Home Attorneys
- Henderson Nursing Home Abuse & Bed Sore Lawyers
- Reno Bed Sore & Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
- Paradise Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
- North Las Vegas Nursing Home Neglect & Pressure Ulcer Attorneys
Contact an experienced Nevada pressure sore lawyer listed below by filling in the form here. These law firms provide a free initial consultation and can detail every legal option to help your loved one suffering a pressure sore as a result of negligence in a nursing facility.