Bedsores: Accidental or signs of neglect?

People who are in nursing homes rely heavily on the staff members to take care of them. Some residents aren’t able to move freely, so they need help with remaining comfortable in bed or getting into a wheelchair. 

Mobility challenges mean that a resident is at risk of pressure sores. These are ulcers that form in areas of the body that come into contact with the bed or other surfaces. They’re typically due to the weight of the person’s body on the spot where the ulcer forms. They can also be due to shearing or friction of the skin against bedding and clothing.

Where do pressure sores occur?

These ulcers can occur anywhere on the body. They’re most common, however, on the buttocks or tailbone, the backs of arms and legs, and the shoulder blades and spine. Bedridden residents can also have them on the hips, head and ankles. Residents who have mobility issues, especially those who aren’t able to communicate effectively, should be checked for pressure sores on a regular basis so treatment can start quickly if one is present. 

What complications can occur from pressure ulcers?

There are several complications that might occur in these cases. Bone and joint infections are possible, and some people develop cellulitis. Bedsores can also cause Marjolin’s ulcers, which can turn into a form of cancer. 

Pressure sores can be very painful and can turn life-threatening. Immediate medical care is critical in these cases because of the risk of infection or sepsis. Ultimately, bedsores are a sign of neglect, so make sure that you find out what it takes to stop such incidents in the future and get the compensation your loved one is due.


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