Bedsores are common signs of nursing home abuse. Even though you will probably not administer medical treatment yourself for bedsores, it helps to understand the various medical treatments for bedsores so you can ensure your loved one is receiving the best medical help possible to recover from bedsores.
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Treatment for Bedsores
There are four stages of bedsores. Stage one is the least severe and stage four is the most severe. In most cases, stage one and stage two bedsores heal within a few weeks or months with the proper medical treatment and general care to prevent further tissue damage or additional bedsores. Stage three and stage four bedsores are more difficult to treat and can become very serious if not treated correctly and aggressively.
- Step One – Reducing the Pressure
- The first step in treating a bedsore is to reduce the pressure that is causing the bedsore. Reducing the pressure can be accomplished in several ways. Repositioning the patient every hour to two hours is necessary to reduce the pressure. If possible, the patient should be encouraged to shift his or her weight every 15 minutes. The use of support surfaces to help relieve pressure on areas prone to bedsores can protect vulnerable skin. Cushions, pillows, and braces can be used to help position the patient in an appropriate position.
- Step Two – Cleaning and Dressing Wounds
- It is critical that the bedsore is cleaned to prevent infection and further damage. If the skin is not broken, the wound can be gently cleaned with mild soap and water. For open sores, a saline solution should be used to clean the wound each time the bandage is changed. Bandages should be used to promote healing by keeping the wound moist. Bandages also provide a barrier against infection. Common bandages used to dress a bedsore include gauze and films. In addition, gels and foams can be used with the bandages to dress the wound.
- Step Three – Removing Damaged Skin
- To heal properly, the damaged skin and dead or infected tissue must be removed. Depending on the severity of the wound, removing damaged skin is accomplished in one of several ways. A doctor may cut the dead and damaged skin away surgically, or he may use a chemical enzyme or irrigation device to remove the skin. In any case, discuss the options for skin removal with the doctor, including the pros and cons of each option.
Other Treatments and Interventions
In addition to the above treatments, the doctor may prescribe medication to help with pain management. He may also prescribe antibiotics to help heal infected bedsores or prevent further infection. If a bedsore does not heal with the above treatments, the doctor may say that surgery is the only way to treat the bedsore. Furthermore, the doctor may also prescribe several ways to prevent future bedsores.
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Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form to request more information and a free consultation with a Kentucky elder abuse attorney. If you suspect any nursing home abuse, it is always best to consult with a Kentucky elder abuse attorney as soon as possible to learn about legal options available to you and your loved one.