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.