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Whether 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.
  • Nursing home negligence and abuse affect 30 percent of care facilities nationwide, and cause as many as 5,000 deaths annually. Although this means the statistics favor appropriate care, the pain of abuse is very real for its victims.

    Abuse and neglect happen for a variety of reasons. Some are the fault of a facility, while others have an individual staffer to blame. Regardless of why it happens, it’s important to stay vigilant for signs that your family might be suffering abuse or neglect.

    1. Inadequate Background Checks