Michigan Wrongful Death Attorneys Discuss Bed Sores & Proper Patient Care | Nursing Home Neglect

Recently in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a wrongful death lawsuit was brought against a nursing home after an elderly Parkinson’s disease sufferer died from untreated bed sores.

In the Santa Fe case, as in other nursing home facilities, the nursing home was grossly understaffed, with only two staff members to care for thirty residents.  The nursing home staff ignored hospital recommendations that the sores be treated carefully; instead, prior to her death, the elderly women was found by family members, lying in a bed full of feces and urine.  She later died of a bacterial infection.

The decision to move a family member to a Michigan nursing home is a tough one.  It is a move usually made because people believe that their loved one will receive a better, more consistent standard of care from professionals than what the family is able to provide at home.  When nursing home neglect results in serious injuries or even death of their resident, it is so much more than a legal issue.  It is a heartbreaking breach of the trust that a patient’s family has chosen to place in that facility.

Our Michigan nursing home neglect attorneys frequently assist victims of nursing home neglect with pursuing lawsuit for nursing homes neglect. These lawsuits are brought against the nursing home because they let a resident sustain a bed sore or pressure sore while in their care.  While many residents are at risk for bed sores and pressures ulcers, these are completely preventable with proper care, treatment, and monitoring.  When bed sores or pressure ulcers do occur, the resident can file a lawsuit against the nursing home.

Bed sores, or pressure sores, are sores caused by prolonged pressure on an area of the body. These sores commonly develop among the sick, elderly, disabled, and others who have difficultly moving themselves. The pressure from prolonged amount of time sitting or lying in the same position begins to cut off the supply of blood to an area of the body. The sores start as red irritations (stage 1), but can develop into blisters or ulcers (stage 2) and will eventually form a crater (stage 3) which indicates damage to the tissue below the skin.

Preventative Measures Nursing Homes Should Take

  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Try to assure adequate nutrition and hydration
  • Evaluate and manage urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Position to alleviate pressure over boney prominences and shearing forces over the heels and elbows, base of head and ears
  • Try to reposition every two hours when in bed and every hours when in a chair
  • Use appropriate positioning devices and foam padding; do not use donut-shaped devices.
  • Try and avoid placing the patient on his or her trochanters or directly on the wound.
  • Maintain the lowest head elevation possible.
  • Use lifting devices such as draw sheets or a trapeze.
  • Try to prevent contractures.
  • Do not massage reddened areas over bony prominences.

Families Can Sue Michigan Nursing Home For Neglect

Patients who suffer bed sores or pressure ulcers at a nursing home or in other medical care facilities do have legal rights. These injuries and conditions are completely preventable with proper nursing practices and medical supervision. Victims, or their family members, should contact our office immediately to discuss their case! Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers about your case. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, meaning you do not pay any legal fees until we win or settle your case.

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