Baltimore Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers: Skin Deep — Pressure Sores

Relocating a beloved family member to a care facility is a difficult step — and finding out they suffered abuse in that facility is heartbreaking.  One dangerous sign of neglect in a managed residential or nursing facility is pressure sores. Such sores, or decubitus ulcers, develop on areas of skin subject to unrelieved pressure or friction.  Commonly a problem of older age, pressure sores affect people remaining in a sedentary position, such as those in wheelchairs, bedridden, or comatose.

Bony areas like shoulder blades, hips, tailbone, and heels are prone to lesions when pressure cuts off blood supply.  Reduced or lost blood circulation leads to tissue death that gradually deepens to muscle, tendon, and bone.

Once fragile skin dies, infection quickly sets in.  Treatment of pressure sores is difficult and once started, wasting lesions can cause amputation and even death.

In a hospital or nursing facility, causes of bedsores include:

  • Unmanaged incontinence. Damp, moist conditions contribute to skin breakage.  Without proper care, patients with draining wounds, urine or fecal incontinence are at high risk for bedsores.
  • Friction. Moving a patient by pulling, rolling, or dragging their body or body part across even a bed sheet can result in bedsores.  Being pulled upright in a chair can tear and abrade skin.

No injury is ever skin deep.  When a loved one is hurt, the heartache does not go away.  If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, get in touch with us immediately. Our Baltimore nursing home neglect lawyers are here to assist you in protecting your loved ones.