Management of Pressure Ulcers in Nursing Home | Bed Sores

Michigan nursing home negligence lawsuits and medical malpractice cases are often filed due to patient’s developing bed sores or pressure ulcers, or the facilities poor management of them. Our Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers often see nursing home lawsuits arising from pressure sores and bed sores in nursing home patients. A nursing home patient will suffer from pressure ulcers when they are sitting or lying in the same position for a prolonged amount of time, cutting off the supply of blood to an area of the body.

Bed sores and pressure ulcers should be prevented or timely diagnosed by the nursing home providing proper care and monitoring. With proper detection, treatment can be administered properly. Medical malpractice cases against nursing care facilities arise when patients are not accurately treated or when a delay in treatment causes the condition to become much worse.

Plan of Care to Prevent Pressure Ulcers and Bed Sores

Nursing homes are legally responsible if their staff fails to prevent, detect, or treat a bed sore or pressure sore.  When a resident develops a pressure sore that is not properly diagnosed or treated, it can give rise to a nursing home neglect lawsuit.   In that circumstance, the family members of the resident can sue the nursing home for the injuries and medical expenses related to the care and treatment of the sore.

Physicians may not be available when a problem is identified, so it is critical that nursing assessment is done properly.  Nurses are required to report any open area in order to initiate a treatment regimen. Physicians should rely on the nursing home nurses to monitor the following:

  •  Vital signs
  • Degree of mobility, presence of contractures
  • The wound’s location – (using proper anatomical terms such as anterior, posterior, medial, lateral)
  • The wound’s dimensions – (in centimeters, proximal to distal, medial to lateral)
  • Condition of the surrounding tissue – (ex. hyperkeratosis rim, macerated, presence of a rash, normal)
  • Condition of the wound base – (ex. beefy red, fibrotic, necrotic, Escher formation)
  • Any indications of infection – (pain, swelling, drainage, redness, odor, fever, abnormal laboratory results)
  • Does the wound look like its healing, worsening or remaining stagnant?
  • Current treatment and a review of the past treatment
  • Any change in condition (e.g. weight loss, functional decline, cognitive decline)
  • Presence and strength of peripheral pulses when lower extremity ulcers are affected
  • Any recent diagnostic tests

 Sue Michigan Nursing Home For Poor Management of Pressure Ulcers

Victims of nursing home neglect do have legal rights. Nursing homes are responsible if their staff fails to detect a pressure ulcer or bed sore, and let it go untreated.  This gives rise to a nursing home neglect lawsuit and the resident and their family do have means to sue the Michigan nursing home for their failure to manage the bed sore. In addition, nursing homes can be negligent if they do not properly assess the patient for the likelihood of developing a bed sore, 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 your family member was a resident of a Michigan nursing home and suffered a pressure ulcer or bed sore, you should contact the Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. law firm 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 sizable settlements against Michigan nursing homes for their failure to properly manage and prevent pressure ulcers and bed sores to 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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