Wyoming Nursing Home Neglect
If you have a loved one in a nursing facility who is unable to readjust or turn themselves without assistance, they are likely highly susceptible to bedsores. Unfortunately, mobility challenged patients are at great risk to develop an advancing bedsore (pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcers; pressure sore). Without proper protocols, the nursing staff can make the condition worse, where the wound can become vulnerable to a fatal infection.
Readjusting the body every two hours or less by turning or repositioning it is the easiest solution to prevent the development of a bedsore. Successful nursing facilities follow strict schedules and guidelines as a part of the patient’s health plan. They ensure that the patient’s weight is adjusted at places where it touches a chair, mattress, pad or cushion. This helps alleviate pressure and allows restricted blood circulation to move fresh oxygen to the skin at the affected area.
In just a few hours, pressure ulcers can develop on any portion of the body, especially at bony prominence areas. These areas include:
- Hipbones, back of the legs, ankles, toes and heels
- Tailbone, spinal column, shoulder blades and shoulders
- Back of the head, ears and neck
If the condition is allowed to worsen, it can ulcerate and cause permanent damage or death to the skin and underlying tissue. If the sore progresses to advanced stages, the wound can become vulnerable to sepsis (blood infection) or osteomyelitis (bone infection), causing the condition to become grave. A serious infection places the patient’s life at risk.
The rising demand for additional nursing home beds throughout the state of Wyoming has caused an increase for specially trained nurses and nurse’s aides. With the lack of available medical professionals specialized in providing elderly care, nursing facilities are left to hire less competent caregivers that lacks sufficient training. As a result, many patients become the victim of substandard care.
With proper training, the nursing home staff can minimize the risks of every patient facility developing a pressure sore. Training should include:
Performance skills including a skin assessment during the admittance process to the facility as a way to establish the integrity of their skin.
Proper notation on all existing pressure sores to start appropriate treatment to ensure complete healing.
Providing healthy nutritious meals and proper hydration each day.
Close monitoring of every resident to ensure they stay clean and dry throughout the day.
Performance of scheduled routine turnings or readjustments of mobility-challenged patients to alleviate pressure to minimize the potential of developing a sore.
Nursing facilities often attempt to persuade families that bedsores are a common occurrence during the aging process. These statements are usually attempts to divert litigation against the facility to avoid lawsuits filed by families angered at the thought that their loved one is suffering needlessly. This is because nearly every type of pressure sore can be avoided when established protocols are followed.
If you suspect your loved one is suffering a facility-acquired decubitus ulcer as a result of negligence, inattention or abuse at the nursing home, it is essential to hire a Wyoming bed sore attorney. Your lawyer can take immediate steps to help your loved one receive the best medical care while staying at the facility. In addition, the law firm can file a claim or lawsuit against all parties responsible for causing your loved one injury. These professionals provide their services in cities all throughout the state of Wyoming including:
- Rock Springs
Fill out the contact form here to speak with a Wyoming bed sore attorney to stop the neglect today. Your lawyer will take your case on contingency to eliminate the need for paying any upfront fees. The law firm will file a claim on your family’s behalf to demand financial compensation for your losses, damages and injuries. It is crucial to stop the neglect now before the wound is allowed to worsen to a life threatening condition.