Pressure Ulcer Documentation in Michigan Nursing Home Resident Chart

Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuits are often filed due to resident’s developing pressure ulcers. Our Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. often see nursing home cases arising from pressure ulcers and sores in nursing home patients.

When a nursing home patient is sitting or lying in the same position for a prolonged amount of time, it will cut off the supply of blood to an area of the body, thus resulting in a pressure ulcer or sore. The nursing home staff and nurses should be properly trained in the prevention of these ulcers. However, when a patient suffers injuries due to the facilities lack of prevention, management, or documentation, it gives rise to a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit.

Resident’s Risk For Pressure Ulcers in Michigan Nursing Home

The Braden Scale is often used by nursing homes to assess a resident’s risk for a pressure ulcer (PU).  This assessment is done upon admission, quarterly, and with any significant change in condition.  This requirement is documented in the resident’s record and is part of the Minimum Data Set (MDS), which is an assessment tool associated with an interdisciplinary patient care plan. 

Care Plans and Proper Document Can Prevent Pressure Ulcers in Michigan Nursing Homes 

Effective communication between the clinicians and other members of the nursing home is crucial and can be established by proper documentation.  In fact, developing a care plan and properly assessing a resident is required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This means, all nursing homes receiving assistance from Medicare must develop a care plan and perform a comprehensive resident assessment.  Pressure Ulcers are considered a component of the required assessment.

In addition to a care plan, a progress note should be made for each pressure ulcers diagnosed and treated on a resident.  This will serve as a record, allowing clinicians to compare past status to current status. This progress note should include: patient’s name, date and time of visit, vital signs, presence or absence of fever, tachycardia, or other signs of sepsis .  It will also state: location and size of wounds, if one is present.

Sue Michigan Nursing Home For Poor Management and Documentation of Pressure Ulcers 

If your loved one or someone you know suffers from a pressure ulcer, and it was not properly documented, they are a victim of nursing home neglect.  Victims of nursing home neglect do have legal rights. Nursing homes are required to properly document and treat pressure ulcers in a timely manner.

The resident and their family do have means to sue the Michigan nursing home for their failure to properly document and manage the pressure ulcer or sore. In addition, nursing homes can be found negligent if they do not properly assess the patient for the likelihood of developing a pressure ulcer, if they do not turn the patient on a regular schedule or do not bathe the patient on a regular schedule, and finally, if they do not properly treat the patient after the diagnosis of a bed sore.

Contact a Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Attorney 

If you or a family member suffers from a pressure ulcer or bed sore due to the Michigan nursing homes failure to properly document and manage the situation, contact the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. office now at (800) 606-1717. Our experienced expert nursing home lawyers  specialize in these types of cases and have a successful track record of obtaining sizeable settlements against Michigan nursing homes for their failure to properly document, manage and prevent pressure ulcers in residents. Call today for your free consultation and to learn your legal rights! We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case.

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