Bedridden and immobile patients need to switch positions every two hours to prevent bedsores. If not, the skin may develop bedsores that could later result in life-threatening infections. Bedsores usually affect skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the tailbone, the shoulder blades, the back of the neck, and the elbows.
Apart from prolonged skin pressure, there are other ways on how a bedridden individual could acquire bedsores. For instance, a nursing care provider may put a resident at risk of bedsores by thoughtlessly dragging the patient around the bed, creating friction that may cause wounds. Also, a resident who has been steeply positioned in a nursing home bed might slide off. The motion may then pull his/her vulnerable skin up, injuring it and causing bedsores.
Nursing care providers have a duty to guard against the development of bedsores. If you think your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is willing to look into your situation to determine the possibility of taking legal action. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about filing a case.