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Is my elder loved one at risk of bedsores?

Posted on May 27, 2015 2:07 pm under Nursing Home Abuse

People who are weak, sedated, or suffering from a condition that requires prolonged bed rest or wheelchair use are all at risk of bedsores. These open wounds on the surface of the skin may be develop infections, some of which could even be life-threatening when left unmanaged. As such, it is important to always exercise vigilance in caring for the elderly to prevent this condition.

The risk of bedsore complications increases when the patient has one or more of these conditions:

  • Bowel incontinence – Fecal matter may infect an open wound, causing it to become vulnerable to infections.
  • Medical conditions that compromise blood flow – Poor blood flow caused by any vascular condition may cause the tissues and the skin to heal slowly, which increases the risk of infection.
  • Impaired perception – A patient’s inability to feel pain and tenderness may cause him or her to develop bedsores and not complain about it.
  • Dehydration – A dehydrated individual loses his or her skin’s elasticity, making it more prone to breakage and wounds.

Lastly, a person’s risk of bedsores may increase due to negligent nursing home care. If you see signs of abuse in a long term care home, do not hesitate to speak up. Our nursing home abuse lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are here to listen. Call our Madison office at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about fighting for justice and compensation.