Nursing Home Abuse Leads to Unstageable Bedsores

new jersey philadelphia Nursing home abuse lawyers represent patients unstageable bedsoresIn our recent nursing home abuse post, we provided details regarding various forms of pressure ulcers and bedsores. These posts have provided information from a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home lawyer regarding Stage I, Stage II, Stage III and Stage IV pressure ulcers and bedsores. These four stages are the common types of nursing home abuse pressure ulcers and bedsores we encounter with our clients. However, some pressure ulcers cannot be categorized in the pressure ulcer or bedsore staging system above. These pressure ulcers or bedsores are called “unstageable“.
Sadly, as a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawfirm, we are called upon to represent patients and family members of patients who have asked what it means to have an “unstageable” bedsore or pressure ulcer.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Describe “Unstageable” Bedsores

According to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), an unstageable bedsore is defined as the following:

Full thickness tissues loss in which the base of the ulcer is covered by slough (yellow, tan, grey, green or brown) and/or eschar (tan, brown or black) in the wound bed.

A further description from the NPUAP indicates that:

…until enough slough and/or eschar is removed to expose the base of the wound, the true depth, and therefore stage, cannot be determined. Stable (dry, adherent, intact without erythema or fluctuance) eschar on the heels serves as the body’s natural (biological) cover and should not be removed.

Therefore, if a nursing home tells you that a patient has an “unstageable” pressure ulcer, this merely means that the pressure ulcer has a scab on it (as described above) which does not permit a nursing home medical staff member to properly assess the depth and stage. However, an “unstageable” pressure ulcer is a serious medical problem. If you or a family member is in a nursing home and has a “unstageable” pressure ulcer you should demand that the patient be transferred to a medical facility for proper medical care.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

As a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawfirm, we strongly encourage patients to be proactive in their pressure ulcer and bedsore care. Once you have your loved one transferred to the proper medical facility, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
You have paid a lot of money a rehab center or care facility and entrusted their staff with the life of your loved one. Bedsores are painful and potentially fatal complications that should not be taken lightly, and you may be entitled to compensation.

Let the team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you deserve.

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