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Bed Sores As Signs of Nursing Home NeglectWhether the doctor who gives a second opinion calls them bed sores, pressures sores, decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers, this painful condition is often a sign of nursing home neglect. When somebody – for example, a bedridden patient in a nursing home — lies too long in the same position, the pressure in areas of contact can restrict or eliminate blood flow. This leaves the skin in that area irritated and open to infection. Left untreated, open sores develop as the tissue begins to die without blood.

Responsible facilities observe professional practices for the prevention and early treatment of bed sores in nursing home cases. These include:

  • Changing patient position frequently and regularly, to prevent the pressure sores from forming.

Although some professionals argue restraints are necessary to prevent injury in some patients, a Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study estimates as many as 150 deaths annually from improper use of physical and chemical restraints.

This kind of abuse might be nursing home negligence, or outright and intentional harm. In either case, a nursing home lawyer can help identify those responsible and bring them to justice for their actions.

In nursing homes that overuse restraint, the cause is frequently understaffing at the facility. Overworked nursing home staffers lack the time to properly oversee every patient, and can suffer from a condition called compassion fatigue that leads them to abuse or neglect those in their care.