Bed Sores - Level of Severity
The experienced nursing home negligence and nursing home neglect attorneys at the Law Offices of Ben Yeroushalmi believe that the development of pressure ulcers is egregious and usually the fault of the nursing home. We specialize in holding nursing home and their operators responsible for the reprehensible and preventable occurrence of pressure ulcers. We have handled many pressure ulcer cases and understand how horrific they can be, especially during the later stages of severity. Our experience, in combination with our compassion for victims of elder abuse, has equipped us with the knowledge to assist you and your loved ones through this difficult time.
The first stage of a pressure ulcer involves the reddened or discolored skin area that doesn’t blanch when touched. The skin may have discoloration, with ashen, bluish or purple areas. The affected skin area may be tender, firm, warmer or cooler compared to the surrounding skin area.
The second stage of a pressure sore involves a scrape resulting from loss of the outer skin layers. An open wound may appear as an indented, pinkish or reddish wound, or as a broken or unbroken fluid-filled blister. Drainage may or may not be present.
The third stage of a pressure ulcer involves a deep wound that has a crater-like appearance. The break in the skin extends through the dermis (second skin layer) into the fact tissue.
The final stage of a pressure sore involves a large-scale loss of skin tissue that may even expose muscle, bone and tendons. The base of the wound likely contains debris-like or dark, crusty dead tissue.
The nursing home staff plays an instrumental role in determining the quality of care that your loved one will receive. Therefore, it is extremely important that the staff be trained to accurately diagnose a patient’s bed sore. When skin assessments are performed, these caregivers must be able to assess and document the condition of a patient’s skin accurately. Because treatments for a stage I and a stage IV pressure ulcer, for example, can vary considerably, caregivers must closely monitor the pressure sore and make sure that the patient is receiving appropriate treatment for the level of severity of the pressure sore. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of nursing home administrators and operators to provide proper training regarding pressure ulcers to their staff.
Pressure ulcers are more challenging to treat than to prevent. Therefore, it is important for a skilled nursing facility to provide adequate staffing levels to implement pressure ulcer prevention and treatment protocols. It is also imperative for nursing homes to properly train their registered nurses and certified nursing assistants so that they are capable of detecting early stage pressure ulcers before they get worse. (For more information, please go to California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog.)
If your loved one developed a pressure ulcer that advanced to a serious stage as a result of his or her nursing home’s failure to assess and treat it properly, he or she is most probably be a victim of nursing home neglect and elder abuse. Because pressure sores are preventable injuries, we urge you to take action against the parties responsible for your loved one’s unnecessary suffering.
Contact us today and our team of elder abuse specialists will evaluate your case for free. We have achieved significant results for elder abuse and neglect cases centered on pressure ulcers for our clients, and are prepared to do the same for you and your loved one. With extensive experience in nursing home neglect litigation and a dedication to protecting the elderly of our community, the Law Offices of Ben Yeroushalmi can help your loved one obtain the rights to which he or she is entitled.