Bedsores, also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are one of the common signs of neglect in nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living facilities. Pressure sores develop when someone lays or sits in the same position for extended periods of time. The skin and the underlying tissue is damaged from prolonged pressure.
Common sites of bedsores are the hips, heels, ankles, and tailbone. However, bedsores can develop on any area of the body when a person is confined to a bed or wheelchair for a long time. Bedsores can develop very quickly and be very difficult to treat. It is sad that the easiest way to prevent bedsores is for the patient to be frequently moved. Therefore, bedsores are a common sign that your loved one is being neglected and ignored by the nursing home staff.
Bedsores are one of the common signs of nursing home abuse. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you need to take immediate action. Report the abuse to the authorities and contact our Kentucky nursing home abuse attorneys to schedule a free consultation. Nursing home abuse is more common than many people believe. Families need to remain in close contact with family members and check on them often when they are admitted to a nursing home. Many patients are unable to communicate the abuse; therefore, you must look for signs of nursing home abuse, such as bedsores and pressure ulcers. According to the NPUAP (National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel) bedsores range from a Pressure Injury to a Stage 4 Pressure Ulcer. It is important to note which type of bedsore your loved one is suffering from.
Stage one is the beginning of a bedsore. The skin is not broken but appears to be red on people with light skin and discolored on people with darker skin tones. The area may be tender and painful. Color changes do not include purple or maroon discoloration; these may indicate deep tissue pressure injury.
When a bedsore reaches stage two, the outer layer of the skin and a portion of the underlying skin has been damaged. The bedsore may look l like a ruptured blister or fluid-filled blister that is red or pinkish.
By the time the bedsore reaches stage three, it is a deep ulcer or wound. The loss of skin exposes some fat, and the bedsore appears to be crater-like. The bottom of the bedsore may have yellowish dead tissue, and the damage can extend outward from the primary wound underneath layers of healthy skin.
When the bedsore reaches stage four, you see large-scale loss of tissue. The wound may expose bone, tendons, or muscle and the bottom of the wound appears dark, crusty, or yellowish because of the dead skin. At this stage, the damage almost always extends beyond the primary wound.
If the surface of the bedsore is covered with dead tissues (yellow, brown, or black), it is considered unstageable because you cannot see how deep the wound is to place it in one of the four stages for bedsores.
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