Pressure ulcers are localized damage to skin and the underlying soft tissue, typically over bony areas of the body. Bedsores occur as a result of intense or prolonged pressure against the skin that limits blood flow to the skin.
Three primary contributing factors for bedsores in nursing home patients are: Pressure, friction and shear (occurs when two surfaces move in the opposite direction). Constant pressure on any part of your body can lessen blood flow and deprive tissue of nutrients.
Major risk factors include immobility, a lack of sensory perception, Poor nutrition and hydration, and medical conditions affecting blood flow like diabetes and vascular disease.
Common Sites of Bedsores:
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Bedsores and pressure ulcers are categorized into four stages, based on depth and severity, which include:
Pressure Ulcer & Bedsores complications include:
Patients in Ohio spending a great deal of time in hospitals and nursing homes are at serious risk of developing injuries like bed sores due to improper care and negligence. Medical teams and nurses can contribute to the problem by prescribing improper medication, displaying a lack of supervision, contributing to malnutrition, inadequately cleaning wounds and ulcers, and delaying sending patients to hospitals.
Pressure sores and deep tissue injuries are almost always preventable. Nursing home and hospital neglect can lead to serious infection, amputations, and deaths. Medical centers and long-term care facilities throughout the country can be held liable for injuries in a pressure ulcer lawsuit.
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The transition into a nursing home is difficult for both patients and their families. It is a sacrifice, and residents rely heavily on the compassion and competence of nursing home staff and management to provide the best care possible. When nursing homes fail to provide the professional care they promise, and injuries and deaths result, they may be held accountable by Ohio law.
Nursing home neglect has been a serious issue for decades now, and the management of facilities must be held accountable when instances of negligence affect your family.
If an Ohio nursing home fails to provide the professional care they have advertised, and patient injuries and deaths result, the companies may be held responsible in Ohio courts. Large settlements have resulted from the families of victims filing injury claims against Diversicare, Genesis, ManorCare and Laurel homes.
Nursing home neglect injuries may result from understaffing, underqualified staff, bad management and poor communication. Abuse and neglect can result in dangerous bedsores and other serious infections. Common types of nursing home abuse may include:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates approximately 1,800 nursing home residents die from dangerous falls each year. Residents who survive falls may sustain hip or head injuries which can lead to permanent disabilities.
Because of the new surroundings and staff neglect, many newly admitted nursing home residents will suffer a fall shortly after their arrival. Understaffing is a big factor in these injuries, and the management of nursing homes have a responsibility to prevent falls and accidents.
Nursing homes tend to settle out of court when accidents and wrongful deaths occur, and you may seek legal counsel to guide you through the legal process.
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The elderly population in nursing homes and assisted living facilities frequently suffer injuries like bedsores due to understaffing and neglect. Some underlying issues that lead to dangerous skin ulcers include improper medication, a lack of supervision, malnutrition, inadequate wound care, and a delay in sending patients to medical centers and hospitals. These severe injuries are almost always preventable, and nursing homes have a duty to ensure that residents are kept safe and as healthy as possible. Nursing home neglect may lead to severe infection, amputations, and death.
Good quality care in nursing homes includes evaluating medical quality, nurse staff levels, sanitary conditions, and health inspection reports. Overall staffing appears to be a huge factor in the level of care provided. Residents need continual attention and reports aim to monitor the average hours a day a patient receives care from registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses and certified nurse assistants.
In recent years, several Ohio nursing homes have faced personal injury claims for failing to protect residents.