New Hampshire Nursing Home Neglect
Usually, the only option a family has to maintain a loved one’s health is to move them into a nursing facility. Many families search for the best nursing facilities that provide the highest care given by highly experienced doctors, nurses and nurses’ aides. They choose the best nursing homes to ensure highly trained medical professionals will keep their loved one healthy. Families never expect that their loved one will acquire a bedsore (pressure sore; decubitus ulcer; pressure ulcer) while a resident at the facility.
Unfortunately, pressure ulcers are a very common occurrence in nursing facilities in New Hampshire. Bedridden individuals and those bound to a wheelchair are highly susceptible because most are unable to reposition their body without assistance. The pressure of the body where it contacts the bed or chair can deprive oxygen to the skin and quickly cause a bedsore within hours. Without constant attention, repositioning and quality care, the skin can be deprived of oxygen and quickly start to die or be permanently damaged beyond its ability to fully heal.
In its early stages, a bedsore can be treated effectively to heal completely. However, without the proper treatment, the pressure sore can quickly progress to an advanced decubitus ulcer highly susceptible to:
- Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
- Blood infection (sepsis)
- Permanent damage
Nursing facilities are given the responsibility to protect the health of all patients by providing quality care. To eliminate the potential of a developing bedsore, the nursing staff must follow routine schedules to turn or readjust mobility-challenged patients. Each day, the nurses must assess the patient’s skin, head to toe, searching for any noticeable signs of a developing sore.
Anything less than providing this minimal care is a sign of neglect. This is because nearly every pressure ulcer can be avoided using minimal steps every couple of hours. The steps that need to be performed on a regular basis to eliminate the potential of developing a bedsore include:
Ensure that the patient consumes a highly nutritious diet and remains hydrated
Reposition or turn every wheelchair-bound or bedridden patient a minimum of one time every two hours, night and day
Change any wet or soiled bed linens, cushions, padding or garments as quickly as possible
Never allow the patients to lie in their own feces, urine or moisture, which could quickly compromise the integrity of their skin
Treat every existing pressure ulcer using proven protocols (dressings; debridement; etc.) to discourage the progression of the sore
When the sore is allowed to progress to advanced stages, the open wound can cause permanent damage and often expose tissue, muscle, bone and tendons. Without effective antibiotics, the patient can suffer life-threatening infection. Death caused by a bedsore is often imminent for patients suffering uncontrollable infections.Available Legal Options With the Input of New Hampshire Pressure Ulcer Attorneys
Families are often outraged when notified that their loved one is suffering a bedsore acquired at the facility. This is because the pressure ulcer is likely the result of negligence by the medical staff responsible for providing quality healthcare. In addition to speaking to the administrator, families often review their loved one’s medical charts to look for any notations concerning skin inspections, prevention methods and treatments used once the bedsore was discovered. In addition, families will hire a New Hampshire nursing home negligence lawyer to take legal action to stop the neglect and seek financial recompense.
The professionals listed below are dedicated to assisting families of nursing home patients dealing with pressure sores. These lawyers have access to medical personnel with special training in healing life-threatening bedsores and can send the team into the nursing facility to begin treatment right away. They provide the services in cities all throughout New Hampshire including:
If your loved one is suffering a pressure ulcer caused by neglect in the nursing home, it is crucial to fill out the contact form here to schedule an appointment with a professional listed below. The New Hampshire pressure sore attorneys can schedule a confidential no-cost consultation to stop the neglect now.