In a nursing home setting, many residents may develop skin conditions, some of which can become deadly if not treated promptly and effectively. Cellulitis and infected ulcers are the most commonly encountered cutaneous infections in the elderly with strains of staphylococcus and streptococci representing the most common causative organisms. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is crucial in preventing morbidity and mortality when cutaneous infections develop, particularly among nursing home residents.
Cellulitis occurs when bacteria enters the deep layers of skin through a wound or sore. Bacteria, which often lay harmless on the surface of the skin, may enter the body through scratches, cuts, grazes or bites and develop into harmful infections that can spread if untreated. Risk factors of developing a life threatening infections increase with a reduced immune response, obesity, lack of mobility and inattention to the signs of a developing infection and a failure to treat.
Nursing Home Bed Sores – Pressure Ulcers
Pressure ulcers (also known as bed sores) among the elderly are prevalent and can cause significant morbidity and mortality due to the development of infections. Pressure ulcers are areas of necrosis caused by compression between a bony prominence of the body such as heels, ankles, hips and tailbone and external surfaces. Persons admitted to nursing homes have a 13% risk factor of developing a pressure ulcer bed sore within the first year of being admitted, 21% will develop a pressure ulcer in the second year. Limited mobility and poor nutrition are strong predictors of the formation of pressure ulcers so nursing home staff must be particular attentive to prevent onset. Unfortunately, in cases of serious nursing home neglect, some patients suffering from pressure ulcers may go unattended until it is too late.
Nursing Home Neglect – Bed Sores & Pressure Ulcers Lawyers
When families decide to trust the care of a loved one to a nursing home, they expect that their family member will receive competent, professional care. In cases of nursing home abuse and neglect, families often do not know where to turn to hold a nursing home responsible. If your family member has bed sores, pressure ulcers or other injuries while being cared for in an Iowa nursing home, it is important to contact an experienced nursing home neglect and abuse attorney who can help you understand your nursing home resident rights. Call nursing home neglect and abuse attorney John T. Hemminger for immediate assistance today at 515-283-2116.
What We Do Really Well
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Nursing Home Neglect