The nursing home neglect and bedsore lawyers at the Mininno Law Office would like you to know that most bed sores and pressure ulcers are preventable and, with proper care, can usually be avoided.
Risk Factors of Bed Sores and Steps for Prevention
There is an increased chance of bed sores when certain risk factors are evident, including,
- loss of bladder/bowel control,
- poor nutrition, and
- decreased mental awareness.
However, patients deserve the respect of proper care, which should include regular bathing, repositioning (in accordance with the needs of the patient), nutrition, and medical attentiveness. Bed sores occur when nursing home staff and personnel are inattentive and unsympathetic o the needs of their patients. Whether through malice or just under staffing, this disregard for proper care allows patients to lay for too long in their beds and opens a door for the bed sore formation. Bedridden patients who cannot care for themselves are must be re-positioned at least once every two hours, to prevent these painful and often fatal afflictions from forming.
Anyone with a loved one who is a bedridden nursing home resident, should do all in their power to make sure their loved one is receiving the proper bed sore prevention care. While the vast majority of medical personnel are kind and careful, those who are overworked or careless, can cause significant pain to those they should be protecting.
Be vigilant and protect the ones you love by being involved in your family member’s care.
Bed Sore Attorneys of New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one has recently suffered from a bed sore, then you may questions concerning your legal rights. In cases where you suspect that neglect or mistreatment played a factor in the development of the bed sore, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation in New Jersey at (856) 833-0600, or in Philadelphia at (215) 567-2380.