Tennessee Nursing Home Neglect
Many Tennessee nursing home patients are bound to a wheelchair or bedridden and lack the capacity to readjust their body without assistance. Unfortunately, remaining idle for two hours or longer increases the risks involved in developing a decubitus ulcer. Remaining in the same position for an extended time restricts blood flow to the skin, causing a wound to appear.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC appreciates the sense of betrayal families experience when their loved ones develop a pressure sore during a stay at a Tennessee nursing home or hospital. Our Tennessee nursing home neglect lawyers are committed to holding these facilities fully accountable for their conduct when a patient developed a bed sore at their facility. We invite you to contact our office for a free review of you case today.
While mobility-challenged individuals are most at risk for developing a serious decubitus ulcer, it can happen to any nursing home patient. Minimizing the potential of developing a bedsore necessitates following a strict protocol where patients are monitored and evaluated multiple times every day.What Causes a Decubitus Ulcer?
A decubitus ulcer (pressure ulcer; pressure sores; bedsore) occurs when blood circulation is restricted to skin and underlying tissue. The most common body parts at risk for developing a sore are bony prominences that make continuous contact with a chair, mattress, bedding material or cushion. These areas include:
- Ankles and heels
- Sacrum and buttocks
- Shoulder blades and shoulders
- Neck and the back of the head
Without proper blood circulation, the skin is deprived of necessary oxygen. Within minutes, the dermis and epidermis layers of skin become compromised and start to inflame. In its early stage, a bedsore usually appears as tiny red dots or a noticeable blister, where the surrounding skin is softer or firmer than the wound.
The medical community categorizes decubitus ulcers in four specific stages. In its early stage, the condition is reversed easily when treated properly. However, at its advanced stage, the condition can easily become life threatening. The stages include:
Stage I – In its initial stage, the wound appears as a reddened area where skin has been deprived of oxygen. The compromised tissue can easily heal within days if no additional pressure is allowed at the site until the condition is resolved.
Stage II – When the bedsore is allowed to progress to an advanced stage, a shallow crater typically forms at the affected site. Sometimes, fatty deposits can be seen at the bottom of the small crater.
Stage III – If the pressure wound is allowed to advance to this critical stage, the shallow crater now deepens and begins to expose muscles below. Usually at this stage, a knowledgeable team of medical professionals trained to assist patients with a life-threatening wound is required is a treatment intervention. Usually, debridement is performed where any dead or dying tissue is removed to begin the healing process.
Stage IV – At this most advanced age, the patient is at risk of dying from bone infection (osteomyelitis) or blood infection (sepsis). Typically, a stage four decubitus ulcer involves exposure of the bone, muscles and tendons. To save the life of the patient, it is essential that skilled medical professionals who specialize in life-threatening wounds treat the sore.
When a patient suffers a bedsore at a critical stage, it is often the sign of negligence or inattentiveness by the medical team at the nursing facility. This is because effective protocols have been proven highly successful at reversing nearly every pressure sore in its early stage. If the patient has been provided quality care, proper nutrition and hydration, the potential of developing a wound should have been eliminated.
When a family recognizes that their loved one has suffered a life-threatening pressure ulcer, it is crucial to hire Tennessee decubitus ulcer lawyers to take legal action. The attorneys can hold every responsible party legally accountable for their negligence and ensure that the loved one receives proper health care by outside medical professionals.
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- Memphis Nursing Home Abuse & Bed Sore Lawyers
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- Knoxville Nursing Home Neglect & Pressure Ulcer Attorneys
- Chattanooga Bed Sore & Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
- Clarksville Pressure Sore & Nursing Home Attorneys
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