Bedsores may sound like a minor inconvenience, but they are often very serious.
Bedsore injuries frequently impact individuals living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. In many cases, bedsores, also referred to as pressure ulcers, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers, can be prevented.
How bedsores can develop:
If you have a loved one living in a California nursing home, you need to become familiar with bedsores and how they develop. These sores tend to occur when there is unrelieved pressure and/or restricted blood flow. Bedsores have also been linked to friction, when the skin rubs against another object, even something as soft as a bed sheet. The areas of the body that lack cushion from muscle or fat, such as the tailbone, shoulder blades or elbows, are especially vulnerable.
How bedsores can be avoided:
When an elderly loved one is immobile and is forced to rely on the assistance of a nursing home or other facility, the risk of bedsores is high. It is crucial that certain measures be taken by the nursing staff to prevent pressure sores, including:
- Turning the patient on a regular basis
- Ensuring proper nutrition and hydration of the patient
- Helping the patient maintain good hygiene
- Removing pressure to avoid further injury
Steps also need to be taken to improve healing and avoid infection. For example, the affected area must be kept clean and dead tissue needs to be removed.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.