Decubitus Ulcers in Nursing Homes – Nursing Home Decubitus Ulcer Facts

Decubitus ulcers (pressure sores) regularly form in nursing home residents due to nursing home neglect. Decubitus ulcers are preventable holes in a nursing home patient’s skin. This kind of skin breakdown is preventable through good care; mainly, turning and repositioning.

Turning and Repositioning – A Nursing Home’s Responsibility

We put our loved one’s in a nursing home for 24 hour 7 day a week care. Part of this 24 hour care includes

Turn and reposition for pressure relief

Turning and repositioning in nursing homes is a requirement in order to prevent decubitus ulcers

turning and repositioning in bed and in the wheelchair. Decubitus ulcers form in nursing homes when residents are not turned and repositioned. Nursing homes are responsible for turning and repositioning for residents so that decubitus ulcers can be avoided. If a nursing home resident is properly turned and repositioned, they should not develop decubitus ulcers. Commonly, decubitus ulcers form in nursing homes that are understaffed. Staff at the nursing home is often underpaid and overworked. This is a formula for patient neglect. When elderly febrile patients are put in understaffed nursing homes, decubitus ulcers form. A decubitus ulcer is considered a “never” event by the US government; meaning decubitus ulcers should never occur. A decubitus ulcer in a nursing home is a telltale sign of neglect.

Proper Nutrition and Hydration – Crucial to Preventing Decubitus Ulcers

Nursing Home Decubitus Ulcers

Decubitus ulcers in nursing homes can form due to dehydration and malnutrition

Proper nutrition is key to preventing decubitus ulcers. Nutrition and hydration seems like an obvious guarantee in nursing homes but it is not always the case. Elderly residents that suffer with dementia, strokes or Alzheimer’s cannot care for themselves. Many times, they cannot even speak. These are the most vulnerable nursing home residents who are susceptible to decubitus ulcers. When a non-verbal resident cannot make their needs known, they often get neglected. This neglect can even sink to the level of malnutrition or dehydration (failure to provide the nursing home resident food and water). Unfortunately, this nursing home neglect can result in decubitus ulcers. If the nursing home resident’s skin is not properly hydrated, decubitus ulcers develop. Skin turgor is maintained through proper hydration. In other words, if a nursing home resident’s skin is hydrated, the skin will be stronger and stay intact. Similarly, adequate nutrition is needed to keep a nursing home resident’s skin intact. If a nursing home resident is not able to eat solid food, they should be put on puree diet (no solid food). If they cannot eat a puree diet, they must receive a feeding tube. This kind of nutrition is essential for nursing home residents in order to prevent decubitus ulcers. Without the right food and water, a nursing home resident will develop decubitus ulcers. Regardless of a patient’s condition, no human being on this earth should be refused food and water.

Decubitus Ulcers in Nursing Homes

If you know someone who was put in a nursing home and developed a decubitus ulcer, do not stay silent on the nursing home abuse. Only 1 in 5 elder abuse cases get reported. This kind of abuse cannot go unpunished. Click here to learn more about our nursing home decubitus ulcer lawyers or click here to learn more about a nursing home decubitus ulcer lawsuit.

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