Also referred to as pressure ulcers, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, bedsores are skin injuries that develop as a result of prolonged pressure being placed on a specific area of the body. In most cases, bedsores develop on the areas of the body that are especially bony, such as the shoulder blades, elbows, hips, ankles and heels. Individuals who have the highest risk of developing bedsores include those who use wheelchairs, are in a coma or have some other medical condition that keeps them confined to a bed for extended periods of time.
While bedsores are 100 percent preventable if the proper care is taken make sure that an individual moves around or changes positions, bedsores:
- Can be difficult to treat once they develop
- Can lead to more serious health complications if left undiagnosed and untreated
- Are often a sign of nursing home neglect.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately:
- 10 percent of nursing home residents are currently living with bedsores.
- 25 percent of nursing home residents will develop bedsores at some point during their stay in the nursing home.
Symptoms of Bedsores
Some of the most common signs of bedsores include (but are not limited to):
- Red, depressed sores on the skin
- Skin tenderness
- Blisters filled with fluid (or ruptured blisters)
- Sloughing of the skin
- Exposed inner layers of skin (or, in the far more advanced cases, exposed fatty tissues or muscle tissues).
Recognizing these symptoms of bedsores early on is crucial to ensuring that affected nursing home patients get the treatment they need in order to prevent more serious health complications, such as the following, from developing:
- Sepsis, a life-threatening blood infection
- Meningitis, a life-threatening infection of the brain and spinal cord fluid
- Severe infections that affect the bones and/or joints
Mount Vernon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
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