Nursing Home Neglect & Bedsores: What You Should Know (Pt. 1)

December 11, 2014

Bedsores can be an indication that people are victims of nursing home neglect. Here’s what you should know about nursing home neglect and bedsores.

Bedsores can be an indication that people are victims of nursing home neglect. Here’s what you should know about nursing home neglect and bedsores.

Bedsores are skin wounds that develop as a result of excessive, continuous pressure being placed on a certain area of the skin. Also referred to as pressure ulcers or pressure wounds, bedsores commonly develop on people who stay in prone positions for prolonged periods of time, such as nursing home residents, hospital patients, etc. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 159,000 nursing home residents are currently living with stage 2 bed sores, and more than 11 percent of all nursing home residents will develop bedsores at some point during their stays in these facilities.

Although bedsores can arise for any combination of reasons, in some cases, they may be red flags that nursing home residents are being neglected. In this blog series, we will take a deeper look into nursing home neglect and bedsores, pointing out just some of the important facts that families of residents should be aware of so that they know when to step in and get help for their loved ones.

If you believe your loved one may be the target of nursing home abuse or neglect, don’t hesitate to contact the Portland nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers at the Savage Law Firm. We are here to provide aggressive legal advocacy to people hurt by other’s negligence, and we will work tirelessly to help each of our clients with their financial recovery.

Nursing Home Neglect & Bedsores: The Symptoms

Knowing the symptoms of bedsores is critical to diagnosing them early and treating them as soon as possible in order to prevent them from progressing to later, harder-to-treat stages. The following table highlights some of the most common symptoms of bedsores according to the various stages of this condition:

Stage Symptoms
Stage I
  • Unbroken kin
  • Reddish or discolored skin that doesn’t lighten to the touch
  • Skin tenderness, pain, excessive softness or hardness and warmth (or coolness) to the touch
Stage II
  • Loss of the outer layer of skin at the site of the wound
  • Shallow, pinkish wounds on the skin
  • Wounds filled with fluid
  • Ruptured skin blisters
Stage III
  • Wounds appearing as crater-like ulcers
  • Yellowish, dead tissues in skin wounds
  • Exposure of lower lawyers of skin
  • Loss of skin fat
Stage IV
  • Larger-scale tissue loss
  • Exposed muscles, tendons and/or bones within wounds (due to complete loss of skin at these sites)
  • Dark, crusty and yellow tissues surrounding the wounds
Unstaged
  • Brown, black and/or yellow tissue covering the wounds (as tissue covering the wounds prevents a staged diagnosis, which requires seeing how deep the wound extends)

For our continued discussion regarding nursing home neglect and bedsores, be sure to look for the second installment of this blog series that will be published soon!

Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm

Has your loved one developed bedsores or other signs of nursing home neglect or abuse? If so, it’s time to contact the Portland nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at the Savage Law Firm. To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.

We represent clients in communities in both Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.

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