Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers in Baltimore
Bed sores are a common issue that can arise from nursing home neglect. Patients who are paralyzed, in a coma, or who otherwise require long periods of bed rest must be continually repositioned and cleaned by their caregivers to prevent the development of sores. People who use a wheelchair are at risk for bed sore development as well.
When nursing home staff fail to follow the proper measures to prevent the development of bed sores in patients, the injuries can evolve into infections, or exposed tissue wounds in which surgery may be required for treatment. In extreme cases, bed sores can even be fatal.
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What are Bed Sores?
Bed sores are caused by long-term pressure on the body. The wounds most commonly develop on the hips, back, and other areas that are subjected to the most pressure when sitting or lying down for a while.
There are multiple stages of bed sore development. Stage one bed sores usually appear as red, tender skin that can be painful. As the sores worsen and skin breaks, they may appear more like ulcers or blisters. The progression of bed sores expose more layers of tissue. At the worst, bed sore wounds will expose the muscles and bones, and can affect the healthy tissue around the site of the sores.
Any person with limited mobility has an elevated risk of developing bed sores. Other risk factors include:
- Age (limited mobility as well as fragile skin in elderly people can lead to bed sores)
- Mental issues
- Little body fat
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Low immunity
- Low blood flow
- Muscles spasms
Holding Negligent Nursing Home Staff Accountable
Although many conditions that commonly occur with aging can contribute to bed sores, it is still the responsibility of designated caregivers to do whatever they can to prevent sore development, and to properly treat any existing wounds.
If an elderly person in your life is living in a nursing home and has developed bed sores because of negligent care, contact the Baltimore nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Brown & Barron, LLC. Use our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation or call (410) 698-1717 for 24/7 assistance.