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Pressure Sores

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Pressure sores, also known as bedsores, occur when someone remains in the same position for too long. Damage occurs to the skin, especially over bony areas, as well as to underlying tissue due to prolonged pressure against that part of the body. These sores commonly form in such areas as hips, backs, elbows, ankles, and heels. They are painful and, if not treated correctly, can become infected and lead to serious complications. Those with the highest risk for developing pressure injuries are the elderly in nursing homes or hospitals who are immobile in beds or wheelchairs. Pressure sores are preventable with proper care. When they deteriorate into serious injuries, it is a sign of neglect.

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Pressure Sores & Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

Pressure sore severity develops through five stages. In the initial stage, a pressure sore may look like a rash with reddened skin and itching. The first sign of a pressure sore indicates that proper medical protocol should be instituted to treat and handle it. This includes keeping the skin, clothing, and bed dry and using repositioning techniques to relieve the pressure. If this protocol is not done, the sore can rapidly deteriorate with further damage to the skin and tissue.

Later stages may appear as blisters filled with liquid, craters, and open wounds in which the skin beneath has died. Damage may extend to many layers of skin deep beneath the sore as well as to muscle, tendons, and bone.

Complications of untreated or poorly treated pressure sores can include:

  • Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
  • Blood infection (sepsis)
  • Gangrene
  • Amputation

Grounds for an Elder Abuse Claim

Severe pressure sores indicate a failure to give proper care. Neglect on the part of nursing home staff should be investigated and legal action taken on behalf of the injured individual. At Berberian Ain, LLP you can count on our Glendale elder abuse attorneys for dedicated and skilled legal support in this matter.

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