Washington Nursing Home Neglect
More individuals than ever before are enjoying their retirement years. However, because the average population is growing older, many of the elderly are no longer able to take care of themselves without some type of assistance. As a result, there has been a substantial increase in the need for Washington State nursing facility beds.
Many nursing homes across the state of Washington are urgently looking for quality caregivers. The increase in health care needs of the elderly has placed a significant demand on the number of nurses and nursing aides highly trained in taking care of seniors.
In many cases, adult children separated from their aging grandparents and parents have no other alternative but to place them in a nursing facility. It is their expectation that the needs for their daily activities and healthcare maintenance will be provided by trained staff at the nursing home.
Sadly, many nursing facilities lack proper staffing or provide caregivers with inadequate training. Because of that, many patients are victimized by the inattentiveness, neglect and abuse of their caregivers who are unwilling or unable to provide adequate care.
Without proper patient monitoring it is very easy for a resident in a nursing facility to develop a skin wound. Bedsores (pressure sores; decubitus ulcers; pressure ulcers) are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue. These wounds typically start developing when body pressure continuously touches a chair, padding, mattress, bedding material or other body part for hours at a time.
The applied pressure usually stops blood flow circulation to a specific area on the body. The restricted blood flow stops oxygen from reaching the skin, causing it permanent damage or death after just a few hours. Some areas are more susceptible to developing a sore than others. These areas include the ankle, heels, toes, buttocks, spine, sacrum, hipbones, shoulder, shoulder blades, neck and the back of the head.
In its early stage, a bedsore can appear as nothing more than a reddened area on the body, or display red dots or blisters. Without immediate attention, the condition can worsen to an advanced stage where a small crater is formed at the affected site.
Within days, the shallow crater can deepen significantly exposing bones, muscles and tendons deep into the wound. It is usually at this stage where infection can take hold, compromising the health of the patient. Antibiotics are usually needed to combat sepsis (blood infection) and/or osteomyelitis (bone infection).
Many nursing facilities do not create or implement effective monitoring protocols designed to ensure that the healthcare of every patient is optimized. Without monitoring protocols necessary to assess and evaluate the skin of the patient once or twice every day, the patient’s health is often at risk.
Strictly enforcing these protocols is crucial to ensure that the medical team follows scheduled “turnings” or readjustments of the patient’s body to alleviate pressure. This is especially important for any patient who suffers mobility challenges and lacks the ability to move, readjust or turn their body on their own without help.Available Legal Options to Those Who Acquired an Advanced Pressure Sore in a Washington Medical Facility
For many families, the loved one in a nursing home is too many miles away to visit on a routine basis. Because of that, they are often shocked to hear that their loved one is suffering from a facility-acquired bedsore. Typically, the only way to take control of the situation is to hire a Washington decubitus ulcer attorney who specializes in medical malpractice claims.
The list of experienced professionals below can provide a variety of legal options to stop the negligence, abuse and inattention at the facility now. In addition, the attorneys can ensure that competent medical professionals provide life-saving treatments to the loved one to start the healing process. They provide these valuable services in cities all throughout Washington including:
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