Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers or pressure sores are one of the many signs of nursing home neglect and abuse. The condition is caused by unrelieved pressure to the skin and can lead to serious health problems such as infections and other life threatening conditions.
Bedsores are a serious health concern, particularly for the elderly who may require mobility or other assistance. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 1 out of 10 nursing home residents suffer from bedsores, which are largely attributed to a lack of attention and improper medical care.
Once bedsores develop, unfortunately, many nursing home residents do not get the prompt medical attention they need allowing the bedsores to move into later stages that are more difficult to treat.
Untreated in the early stages, some bedsores may lead to medical conditions such as sepsis, a bacterial infection of the bloodstream or body tissues; cellulitis, an inflammation of connective tissues making victims vulnerable to meningitis; joint and bone infections; and cancer.
Iowa Bedsore Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
It is the responsibility of the nursing home to prevent bedsores by providing competent care. In the event a resident develops a bedsore, it is crucial to treat bedsores immediately to prevent them from getting worse. If you or a family member has been a victim of neglect or abuse in an Iowa nursing home contact the Iowa Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers of Hemminger Law Firm for assistance at 515-283-2116.