It is assumed, that when you leave a parent, grandparent or loved one in the care of a nursing home or assisted living home that they will be taken care of and attended to properly. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Often times due to neglect on the part of the staff, your loved ones may become injured and suffer needlessly. A common injury sustained in a nursing home or assisted living home is the development of pressure ulcers also known as decubitus ulcers or bedsores. Bedsores are localized skin injuries commonly impacting the heels, hips and buttocks. They are caused by the victim not being properly supervised or cared for as they experience a lack of blood flow, oxygen and other nutrients to the affected area. If nursing home negligence has led to your loved ones developing bedsores you may be entitled to benefits and compensation. It is a wise move for you to speak with a Maryland assisted living home lawyer experienced in handling bedsore injury cases.
If your loved one has sustained a bedsore injury in a Maryland assisted living facility, treatment center or nursing home please contact our attorneys. They will thoroughly analyze your case, determine the true monetary value of your claim, identify all liable parties and make them accountable from a legal standpoint.
Stages Of Pressure Ulcers (Bedsores)
Bedsores and pressure ulcers sores are categorized into 4 separate stages. They are:
Stage I: Intact skin with non-blanchable (whitening of the skin due to temporarily restricting blood flow)redness of a localized area usually over a bony prominence. Darkly pigmented skin may not have visible blanching; its color may differ from the surrounding area.
Stage II: Partial thickness loss of dermis presenting as a shallow open ulcer with a red pink wound bed, without slough. May also present as an intact or open/ruptured serum-filled blister.
Stage III: Full thickness tissue loss. Subcutaneous fat may be visible but bone, tendon or muscle are not exposed. Slough may be present but does not obscure the depth of tissue loss. May include undermining and tunneling.
Stage IV: Full thickness tissue loss with exposed bone, tendon or muscle. Slough or eschar may be present on some parts of the wound bed. Often include undermining and tunneling.
Prevention And Treatment Of Bedsores
Bedsores are a very nursing home preventable injury. If the patient is properly tended to and certain standards of care are adhered to bedsores should not form be a concern. All residents should be evaluated on admission and periodically for their risk factors in developing pressure ulcers. Proper care planning, implementation, and communication between all staff and the resident’s physician are vital. If they are turned and repositioned frequently, generally every two hours, and other pressure relieving devices are used bedsores should not form. As bedsores are easier to prevent than to treat the patient should be repositioned approximately every two hours as a preventative measure.
If bedsores are detected early and are in Stages I or II they typically heal within several days or weeks to months provided the wounds are properly cared for on an ongoing basis. If the sores have developed into Stages III or IV they are still treatable but may take longer to treat.much more difficult to treat. Treatment for bedsores consists of pressure relieving devices, special mattresses, eliminating skin shear, turning and repositioning, proper incontinent care, pain management, introduction of antibiotics either orally or topically, muscle spasm relief and consumption of a healthy, balanced specialized diet that promotes wound healing. In some cases, such as patients with terminal illness, bedsore treatment may focus more on pain management rather than wound healing. In very severe cases the wounds may not heal without surgical intervention to remove dead and necrotic tissue.
Contact A Maryland Nursing Home Negligence Law Office
If your loved ones are enduring the pain and discomfort of bedsores in a Maryland nursing home you should speak to a nursing home injury attorney right away as they will analyze your case for negligence, causation and damages. Contact our legal team today to discuss your Maryland nursing home malpractice claim. We have many years experience successfully handling personal injury claims throughout all of Maryland.