As nursing home abuse attorneys, we are providing this nursing home abuse post as yet another in our recent series of tips to prevent bedsores and pressure ulcers in nursing homes. In our last post, we provided tip #3 which warned about how moisture can expose a nursing home patient to bedsores and pressure ulcers: prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to pressure ulcers in a nursing home.
Tip #4 for the Prevention of Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers
Proper bathing technique is essential to help prevent bedsores or pressure ulcers. Similar to our tip regarding moisture, a nursing home staff member can in fact cause a bedsores or pressure ulcers by improperly bathing a nursing home patient. Nursing home staff members should be trained in the proper bathing techniques of all nursing home patients to avoid causing pressure ulcers.
Ensuring that nursing home staff members have been taught measures such as:
- proper water temperature;
- friction reduction methods ;
- safe cleaning product selection; and
- proper bathing techniques
is one of the best ways to prevent these painful afflictions from developing. Family members should directly ask any nursing home staff who are bathing a patient if that staff member has been trained in proper bathing techniques. While the question may seem silly, it is really one of preventive medicine. More importantly, if a nursing home patient has already developed a pressure ulcer or bedsore, any bathing should take place under the guidance of a skilled wound care professional with the necessary experience. A pressure ulcer is an open wound and great care should be taken not to worsen the condition by causing an infection due to improper bathing by a nursing home staff member. If you see this kind of improper care taking place at a long term care facility, nursing home abuse lawyers can help you.
Prevention tip#4 may seem simple, but all nursing home care staff members should be questioned to ensure that they understand the importance of proper bathing techniques to prevent either causing a bedsore, or making one far worse.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is a resident in a nursing home and you believe that they are receiving sub-standard, abusive, or negligent care, 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.
Don’t let that nursing home continue to harm your loved one, or other residents, with an inadequate staff or caring regime. Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the compensation you deserve.