Nursing homes are responsible for repositioning nursing home patients at regular intervals to prevent bed sores, also called decubitus ulcers. Whenever there is a lack of blood flow to an area of the skin from extended pressure due to lack of movement a bed sore can form. Nursing homes patients generally are not physically able by themselves to change position with enough frequency to avoid getting bed sores. The nursing home also must keep patients clean and dry to help prevent painful pressure sores. Things to look out for include: failure to regularly reposition the patient so as to eliminate excessive pressure, leaving a patient to lie in wet soiled beds and/or wet diapers, failure to provide proper nutrition and hydration to the patient. In short, bed sores are preventable with proper care.
If your loved one has acquired a bed sore that has progressed to an infection while in the care of a nursing home, it’s important to contact one of our attorneys for help to protect your rights.