Nursing Home Neglect & Bedsores: What You Should Know (Pt. 2)
December 13, 2014
Resuming Nursing Home Neglect & Bedsores: What You Should Know (Pt. 1), here, we will continue discussing bedsores and how they may arise when nursing home negligence has occurred.
While the first part of this blog series focused on highlighting the symptoms of bedsores so that families know when to step in and get help for their elderly loved ones, here we will point out some of the risk factors of bedsores.
Nursing Home Neglect & Bedsores: The Risk Factors
Bedsores are more likely to develop when certain risks factors may be present. These can include (but are by no means limited to):
- Immobility – When people are confined to seated or prone positions due to their health, their lack of mobility can increase the risk that they will develop bedsores. Commonly, this group of people includes those confined to wheelchairs, in comas, recovering from surgery and/or under sedation.
- Age – Aging tends to make the skin far more fragile, thin and dry, as well as less elastic. Compounding this is the fact that people tend to not regenerate new skin cells as readily as they get older. These factors end up meaning that people who are older can be far more vulnerable to skin damage and bedsores.
- Weight – When people have impaired mobility, their muscles can waste away, thinning out the buffer between their skin and the bones beneath the muscles. This can end up increasing the points of pressure on the skin, as there is less cushioning to disperse the pressure from sitting or lying down for long periods of time.
- Nerve or sensory damage – When people have injuries or impairments that impact their sensory abilities, it’s far more likely that they won’t feel the pain caused by prolonged skin pressure, which means they won’t change positions and they will likely develop bedsores.
- Nutrition and hydration – Not getting sufficient nutrients and fluids can increase the chances that healthy skin will break down faster, making it far more susceptible to developing bedsores.
Additional risk factors for bedsores may include:
- Poor circulation
- Excessive skin moisture or dryness
The bottom line is that, when nursing home staff are not checking up on residents and/or spending enough time cleaning and caring for them, bedsores are far more likely to arise.
Be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog series for some final important information about nursing home neglect and bedsores.
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