Utah Nursing Home Neglect
Many Utah nursing home patients are victims of serious pressure sores where their lives are placed at risk by the medical staff’s negligence. Fortunately, with the best medical care, most pressure sores can be prevented easily when the medical team follows three basic steps, which include:
- Perform regular daily skin inspections
- Keep the resident dry and clean at all times
- Ensure that the resident is receiving quality nutrition and is fully hydrated to boost their immune system
Nearly every type of issue involved with a developing pressure sore (bedsore; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer) can be prevented when the medical team at a nursing home performs a routine inspection on the patient’s skin. By inspecting body parts, especially bony prominences, any potential developing bedsore can be easily recognized while in the early stage.
The most common places for a bedsore to develop on the body include bony areas such as the shoulders and shoulder blades, head, heels, ankles, buttocks, sacrum, hipbones and spine.Staged Pressure Sores: What They Mean for You
The medical community categorizes pressure sores into specific stages from minimal to life threatening. These stages include:
Stage I – In its initial stage, a pressure sore will appear on the body as a reddened area with or without blisters and red dots. The complete healing process can begin by alleviating the pressure, and keeping it off the area until the wound is resolved.
Stage II – When the medical team allows an early-stage bedsore to advance to the next level, a shallow crater appears on the skin surface at the affected area. Fatty deposits may also be present. Effective treatment requires specialized wound dressings to decrease the potential of infection.
Stage III – At this stage, the pressure sore begins to ulcerate significantly, causing a deep crater at the site. Infection is likely unless intervention is taken, including the use of prescribed antibiotics.
Stage IV – If the antibiotics are ineffective or not prescribed, the bedsore can easily advance to a crucial life-threatening decubitus ulcer where the patient’s health is greatly compromised. Healing at this stage, if possible, usually requires outside medical intervention by teams of specialists competently trained in treating life-threatening bedsores.
In many incidences, patients with advanced stage pressure ulcers die from sepsis (blood infection) or osteomyelitis (bone infection).
Medical science has long established the proven protocols necessary to minimize the potential of an initial bedsore progressing to an advanced stage. Because of that, nearly every Stage II to Stage IV is an indicator of neglect at the nursing facility. Had the staff followed protocol by routinely monitoring the patient’s skin every day, ensuring that their body is readjusted every two hours or less, the advancement of the bedsore could likely have been prevented. Because of that, many families will hire a Utah pressure sore lawyer to stop the negligence immediately.
An attorney can handle the claim for financial compensation and begin the process of building a case to hold all responsible parties accountable for their negligence. This includes obtaining medical charts to look for any detailed notes of a bedsore and any actions taken or not taken by the medical staff to treat the condition. In addition, the law firm can send in a team of medical personnel with specialized knowledge of treating severe decubitus ulcers. These professionals provide these life-saving services in cities all throughout Utah including:
- Salt Lake City
- West Valley City
If you and your family suspect that negligence by the nursing staff has caused your love one to suffer a bedsore, it is essential to speak with a Utah pressure sore lawyer. Fill out the form here to schedule an appointment with one of the reputable law firms listed below. To avoid the need for any upfront fees, your attorney will take your case on contingency. The law firm can file a claim or lawsuit demanding financial recompense for the injuries and damages your loved one has endured.