New Mexico Nursing Home Neglect
New Mexico nursing homes have an extensive history of serious issues involving patients with bedsores. In recent years, the numbers of individuals requiring a nursing home bed has increased dramatically, exacerbating the bedsore problem. With a higher demand for beds, many nursing facilities have struggled to find quality medical professionals to provide quality care to the home’s patient. As a result, many patients have become victims of nursing home neglect and abuse.
Bedsores (decubitus ulcers; pressure ulcers; pressure sores) are a serious health issue that requires constant skin monitoring to prevent. Usually, a bedsore starts to develop when a bony prominence on the patient’s body continually presses against a mattress, pad or any object. Body parts with the greatest potential for developing a bedsore include:
- Toes, heels and ankles
- Back to the knees and elbows
- Hipbones, buttocks, sacrum, spine
- Shoulder blades, shoulders and the back of the head
By following simple steps, pressure sores can be prevented from ever occurring. To avoid the sore, the nursing staff is required to provide constant monitoring of patient’s skin, especially individuals wheelchair-bound or bedridden. The pressure can be alleviated by routinely repositioning the body, allowing continuous blood flow to supply oxygen to the skin and underlying tissue. Additionally, the nursing staff must provide every patient:
- Proper hydration
- Highly nutritious meals
- Pressure-alleviating mattresses, pads and cushions
Nursing homes with successful protocols for preventing facility-acquired bedsores require the staff to follow scheduled “turning” or “repositioning” of the patient’s body every two hours or less. Not taking this proper preventative measure could be considered negligence if the patient develops a decubitus ulcer.Practices and Protocols NM Facilities Should Use to Reduce Incidence of Pressure Sores
New Mexico nursing homes with a low incident rate of bedsore development are usually those that have created effective practices, protocols and guidelines. These facilities create an effective health plan for every patient upon admittance to the home. By implementing the plan, the nursing staff ensures the patient receives quality care including daily skin inspections and routine body repositioning. Usually, skin assessments occur at every nurse’s shift change around-the-clock.
Alternatively, any developed bedsore left unattended can quickly progress to a life-threatening condition. In advancing stages, the wound can become susceptible to osteomyelitis (bone infection) or sepsis (blood infection). In fact, bedsore-related infections are one of the leading underlying causes of patient deaths in nursing homes.
Nearly any bedsore in its advanced state is an indicator of negligence at the facility. Because had the nursing staff followed proper protocol, the pressure ulcer could have been avoided. As a result, many family members with a loved one in a nursing home will hire a reputable New Mexico bedsore attorney to take legal action against the facility to stop the abuse.Hiring an Attorney to Prosecute a New Mexico Nursing Home, Hospital or Assisted Living Center Where a Decubitus Ulcer Developed
Stopping the neglect immediately is paramount to ensure that your loved one can heal properly. Usually, filing a complaint with the nursing home administrator will not bring about an immediate change in the level of care the facility provides. Typically, hiring a nursing home abuse lawyer to file a complaint or lawsuit is the only viable or affordable option.
A skilled New Mexico bed sore attorney can file a claim or lawsuit against all parties responsible for causing your loved one’s injury. In addition, the lawyer can seek financial compensation to hire skilled medical personnel trained to treat progressive decubitus ulcers. The professionals provide these services in cities all throughout New Mexico including:
- Las Cruces
- Santa Fe
- Rio Rancho
Our New Mexico nursing home attorneys listed below accept cases on contingency. This means that no upfront fees are required to stop the negligence and file a claim for financial compensation. Fill in the contact form here to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss every available legal option. The lawyer can stop the neglect immediately and ensure that your loved one is receiving the best medical care possible to keep them safe and improve the quality of their daily life.