Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, can occur when a bedridden patients lies in the same position for long periods of time. As a result, bony areas of the body, such as hips, ankles, and coccyx, are continuously exposed to pressure. Frequent turning of the patients will relieve pressure on these area. Once a bedsore develops, special care must be given to the patient. Care for a patient with a bedsore may require applying medication to the wound, evaluation by a wound care specialist, and use of special mattresses that reduce the pressure on the wound.
The development of a bedsore may be the result of negligence if the nursing home staff does not regularly reposition the patient. Expansion and worsening of the bedsore may also be caused by negligence if special care is not provided to the resident.
If a loved one has developed a serious bedsore, you should inform the nursing home administration to insure that proper care is provided. If the bedsore continues to expand and grow deeper, you should consider moving your loved one to another home and evaluating a nursing home neglect claim. To discuss the possibility of a nursing home neglect case for a loved on, you can call Mike at 913-789-7477 for a free consultation.