Vermont Nursing Home Neglect
Vermont nursing facility patients bedridden or confined to a wheelchair are at an increased risk of developing bedsores (pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers). Without proper treatment including wound dressings, debridement, and antibiotics, the wound can leave permanent damage or cause a fatal infection.
Bedsores are most prevalent in any nursing facility patient who remains idle for an extended period. The wound usually appears when body pressure against an object restricts blood flow circulation to skin and underlying tissue. When the area is deprived of oxygen, reddening, inflammation and skin damage can occur within a couple of hours.
Certain body parts tend to be more affected than others are. Usually, the body’s bony prominences are at greatest risk including:
- The back of the head, shoulders, shoulder blades, spine and sacrum (tailbone)
- The hipbones, buttocks, back of the legs and knees
- The ankles, heels and toes
Almost every kind of pressure sore can be prevented if the medical team at the nursing facility takes appropriate action when the sore is in an early stage. This requires that the doctors and nursing staff properly assess the skin of the patient during the time of admittance into the nursing home. The evaluation can help develop an effective health plan to ensure that the risk of developing a sore is minimized. An effective plan needs to include:
Detecting any existing pressure sore
Identifying any resident with a higher risk of developing pressure ulcers
Implementing an effective prevention plan to minimize the potential of a pressure sore using turning protocols to readjust the body at least once every two hours
Treat any existing bedsore with effective procedures including debridement to cut away dead or rotting tissue deep in the wound, which can lessen the condition and begin the healing process
This plan of action is especially important for individuals who are bedridden, bound to a wheelchair or incapacitated because of sedation or a coma.Insufficient Training and Understaffing: An Underlying Reason Patients Develop Bed Sores in Vermont Facilities
Bedsores can be prevented when there is adequate staff to provide proper monitoring, and the medical team has sufficient training in how to avoid the condition. Any developing or existing bedsore needs to be treated immediately with proven protocols and procedures including eliminating the pressure until the wound is allowed to heal completely.
Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed due to limited budgets or the lack of sufficient personnel for hire in the community. As a result, administrators are often left with hiring unskilled caregivers who have not received proper training on skin monitoring and “turning” protocols to ensure the patient’s health is fully managed. The patient can suffer immense pain when they do not have the capacity to readjust their own body weight without help.What You Can Do Following a Vermont Bed Sore?
If you believe that your loved one is suffering a severe bedsore while a resident in a nursing home, it is essential to consider hiring a Vermont nursing home lawyer who specializes in pressure sore cases. A skilled nursing home attorney can take legal steps to stop the negligence and abuse at the facility immediately. In addition, the law firm can ensure that your loved one receives adequate medical care by skilled personnel trained in handling life-threatening bedsores. The law firms listed below provide these valuable services in cities all across Vermont including:
A Vermont nursing home attorney can file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of your loved one and your family to demand the financial recompense you deserve for your family’s loss, pain and suffering. The money received can offset the expense of medical care needed to help your loved one heal from the injuries caused by the negligence of others at the nursing home.
Fill out the form here to contact an experienced Vermont decubitus ulcer lawyer from the list below. To avoid the need of any upfront fees, your attorney can accept your case on contingency where their legal services are paid from an out-of-court settlement or jury award.