When a nursing home resident is confined to a bed or wheelchair most of the time, it is important to make sure pressure sores (bedsores) do not develop from pressure and lack of movement. Be aware that bedsores are not inevitable. They can be prevented. If they do occur, quick diagnosis and treatment are critical.
At the Phoenix, Arizona law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C., we have devoted our practice of more than 25 years to helping seriously injured people and the families of wrongful death victims. When the injured person is a vulnerable nursing home resident who has not been given adequate care, our medical malpractice attorneys do not want to hear excuses from caregivers; we want justice for the seriously injured victim.
Severe bedsores are a serious health risk because they allow bacteria and infection to enter the body. Unless they are treated appropriately, the sores will continue to deepen down to the bone and can eventually result in a necessary amputation or even death.
Causes of Bedsores
Negligent nursing home care—failure to turn a resident, failure to diagnose and treat sores, or failure to provide necessary nutrition and hydration—causes bedsores.
- Leaving a patient in the same position for too long
- Poor quality mattresses and wheelchairs
- Damp bed sheets or clothing
- Poor nutrition (a common contributing cause)
- Untreated infection
Common Locations for Bedsores
Pressure sores are common on those parts of the body that have continuous contact with a surface.
- Back of head and ears
- Lower back, hips, and buttocks
- Inner knees
- Coccyx (tailbone)
If your loved one has suffered from bedsores that caused catastrophic injury or wrongful death, contact the Arizona nursing home neglect lawyers at Snyder & Wenner, P.C. Whether the nursing home is in the Phoenix area or somewhere else in the country, we can investigate your case and bring a civil suit against the nursing home facility or caregiver responsible.