Bed Sores

bed-soresBed sores are also referred to pressure sore, decubitus ulcers, or pressure ulcers. Bed sores are one of the tell-tale signs of nursing home abuse or neglect in a managed care setting. Nursing homes have the leading concentration of people with bed sores. Bed sores are skin wounds that result from prolonged pressure on the flesh, such as that produced by a bed or wheelchair. Patients who are unable to stand up, get out of a bed, or reposition without assistance can be the most prone to bed sores. Bed sores are open wounds (ulcers) and can easily lead to skin or bone infections.

Helping to Prevent Bed Sores

Patients who need assistance changing positions or who lie in a vegetative state require consistent attention to prevent sores from forming. Residents in wheelchairs should shift positions every 30 minutes, while those in beds must be adjusted every two hours.

Inspection for bed sores is a crucial to early detection of potential nursing home or rehabilitation facility neglect. Visiting family members should find ways to check a resident’s entire backside, which may include the upper-thighs, lower back, and buttocks.  If a patient is responsive and able to speak, family members should talk about sores and general discomfort with their loved ones.

Detecting bedsores through inspection is a key step to preventing the condition from worsening and to blowing the whistle on managed care neglect or abuse. Bed sores can develop with residents due to insufficient resources, and family members should take this into consideration when pursuing a complaint and attempting to find a solution.


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