South Carolina Nursing Home Neglect
If a mobility-challenged individual cannot readjust their body position at least one time every two hours, they can easily develop a pressure sore. In fact, pressure sores (bedsores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers) are the result of prolonged body pressure against a mattress, pad or cushion that constricts blood flow to a specific body part. Areas on the body most susceptible to a bedsore include the shoulders, neck, back of the head, shoulder blades, sacrum, buttocks, hips, elbows, ankles, heels and toes.
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A pressure sore in its early stage is often detected with blisters, reddening and red spots on the surface of the skin. When left untreated, a bedsore can become infected quickly, causing very serious and life-threatening consequences.
Nursing home patients are highly susceptible to developing bedsores when the medical staff does not provide adequate care including routine “turning” or “repositioning” of the patient’s body. When the pressure is not alleviated, the skin is deprived of oxygen causing significant damage to the area. Because of that, advanced stage pressure sores are usually the result of negligence by untrained or unskilled nurses and nurses’ aides.South Carolina Nursing Homes’ and Hospitals’ Duty to Provide Quality Care for Patients
Nursing homes have a responsibility to provide quality care to every patient in the facility. In addition, they are required to ensure that every resident is treated with respect and dignity, and to provide all care necessary for immobile patients who remain idle in the same position for a long time. Routinely repositioning the patient’s body every two hours or less alleviates pressure on the skin and reduces the potential of a developing pressure sore.
In addition, the nursing staff needs to ensure that the patient’s skin is evaluated when admitted to the facility. Assessing the patient’s skin condition provides the opportunity to detect any existing bedsore. If the patient has a pressure sore, the doctor and nursing staff must create an effective health plan to treat the sore to ensure it does not progress to an advanced stage. Any breach of their duty to provide quality care can be considered negligence of the staff and facility.
Proper treatment and care is necessary. When a pressure sore develops into a serious decubitus ulcer, the wound forms a deep crater and exposes the bone and muscle underneath. Often times, the patient succumbs to a serious blood infection (sepsis) or bone infection (osteomyelitis).
In many incidents, family members have no other choice than to place a grandparent, parent or disabled sibling in a nursing home. It is their belief that the nursing facility will provide quality care as a way to maintain or improve their love one’s health. The administrators and admission staff often assure the family that the caregivers at the facility will provide their loved one every necessity.
Families are often horrified when notified that their loved one has developed the sore while at the facility. This is because nearly every type of bedsore is preventable and often a sign of neglect or mistreatment. In many cases, the neglect is not intentional, but the result of unskilled labor or minimal staff that does not have the ability to monitor the patient’s skin continuously to alleviate pressure every two hours or less.Hiring a Lawyer to Fight a South Carolina Pressure Sore Case
If a loved one at a nursing facility develops a pressure sore, hiring a lawyer is usually the only effective solution to stop the negligence. A reputable law firm can file a lawsuit on behalf of the family to seek financial recompense. Aggressive legal action typically provides more than enough compensation to hire a skilled team of medical professionals who specialize in treating life-threatening sores.
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- Columbia Nursing Home Abuse & Bed Sore Lawyers
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- North Charleston Pressure Sore & Nursing Home Attorneys
- Mount Pleasant Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
- Rock Hill Bed Sore & Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
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