Nursing home bedsore complaints are the greatest example of negligence and lack of direct care in Kentucky (and elsewhere). There are several examples of one facility accused of carelessness in multiple bedsore lawsuits over the years. Last year, a nursing home was sued after a resident developed pressure ulcers due to lack of care and sanitation. One of her legs was amputated to contain to infectious body ulcers from spreading. However, she died within weeks due to the infection. Battling deficiencies and recurrent abuse complaints, Kentucky nursing homes ranked as the second worst in providing care lead the table in the highest per bed compensation payment for wrongful death of residents.
What is a bedsore?
Bedsore refers to a sore or lesion developed on the skin due to constant lying down on a bed. It is also known as pressure ulcers as skin and underlying tissues become sore and painful following prolonged pressure on them. Patients with limited mobility who are forced to remain lying down on the bed for a long time have a heightened risk of developing bedsores.
Skin over the bony areas, such as ankle, tailbone, and hip, is more susceptible to develop bedsores. Once formed, these ulcers spread quickly. There are various ways and care methods to prevent these skin lesions and treat them successfully.
What are symptoms of bedsores?
According to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, these skin ulcers have different manifestations in progressive stages.
- Stage I: Skin turns red or discolored with a feeling of tenderness.
- Stage II: Out skin layer becomes damaged and shallow wounds like ruptured blisters develop.
- Stage III: Loss of skin and bone exposed with development of a crater.
- Stage IV: Wound expands underneath and there is loss of tissues; a deep tissue injury.
Bedsores mostly develop at tailbones, lower back, spine, shoulders, ankles, ear rim, and back of head, knee, and hip.
What are the causes of nursing home bedsores?
Bedsores in nursing home patients develop as a result of continued bed ridden or repetitive sitting on a wheel chair. Sustained pressure and friction on the skin over bony parts cause lesions to develop. Later these lesions become ulcers and spread into deeper and surrounding tissues.
A third of Kentucky nursing homes are cited for their inability to provide nutrition and hygienic conditions to their resident. This is a factor in the development of pressure ulcers, which develop as the skin is easily damaged due to lack of nutrients essential for the wellbeing of skin cells and tissues. Similarly, lack of care and hygiene perpetuates their spread and infection.
What should be done to avoid or curb bedsores?
A bedsore is the most reported iatrogenic cause of death in Kentucky nursing homes. It results in sepsis, skin and deep tissue infection, burrow into joints and bones, and even aggressive squamous cell carcinoma.
Nursing homes must consider early and adequate care with the sighting of pressure ulcers. Patients must be provided nutritional food, constant supply of fluid, hydrotherapy, oral antibiotics, and hygienic conditions. Constant change of position, skin inspections, and dietary supplements also help prevent bedsores. Medical treatment from teams of doctors should be made available.
However, the majority of bedsore lawsuit plaintiffs have a different story to tell. Kentucky nursing homes allegedly fails to provide the care and healing necessary to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. Inmates are kept immobile for prolonged duration following fractures and no initial bed sore stage treatment is provided. Lack of medical care and nutrition only aggravate their skin damage pushing them toward death.
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