As a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorney, I am providing a continuation in our series of posts involving the subject of nursing home abuse and, particularly, tips for the prevention of bedsores and pressure ulcers. In our last post, I provided nursing home patients and their family members with Tip #2 to help prevent the serious medical problems that result from nursing home abuse and bedsores.
These tips are helpful because prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to protecting nursing home patients from bedsores or pressure ulcers.
Tip #3 for Preventing Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers
A third tip from nursing home abuse lawyers which will help prevent pressure ulcers or bedsores is to:
Identify any and all potential factors that could increase the risk in a nursing home patient of developing a bedsore or pressure ulcera.
For example, a major factor that exposes a patient to bedsores or pressure ulcers is moisture in a bed. As New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers, we hear from nursing home patients and their families that nursing home staff members do not change the bedding or sheets on a regular basis and, in particular, do not change the nursing home sheets when they become wet.
Nursing home bed sheets frequently become wet when a patient is incontinent. Incontinence can be caused by a decreased mental state, decreased mobility, or medications that increase urination. Other times, sheets become wet when patient have difficulty feeding themselves, and food and drink end up in their beds.
The moisture that results from wet bedding can lead to pressure ulcers or bedsores. As such, bedsore and pressure ulcer prevention requires nursing home staff members to frequently check residents’ bedding to ensure that it is clean and dry. If, as a nursing home patient or family member, you discover that bed sheets contain moisture, promptly insist that the nursing home staff change the bedding before the patient is placed back into the bed. No one likes to lie in a wet bed, but if a nursing home patient is forced to do so, it will put that patient at a greater risk for pressure ulcers or bedsores.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
Neglecting to change resident bed sheets is just another sign of potential nursing home abuse, and any nursing home abuse should be reported to the New Jersey Ombudsman. After reporting the abuse to the ombudsan, 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.
A nursing home abuse lawyer will be necessary to seek full and fair compensation for negligence and abuse in a nursing home or long term care facility.