Preventing Decubitus Ulcers – Decubitus Ulcer Prevention
Turning and Repositioning Prevents Decubitus Ulcers! Bedsores are generally easy to prevent through good nursing home and hospital care. Upon admission, hospitals and nursing homes are required to create a “pressure sore prevention” plan for at risk patients. This decubitus ulcer prevention plan must include pressure relief, proper nutrition, proper hydration, turning and repositioning, use of creams and bandages, pressure reducing mattresses, wedge pillows, etc.
Elderly patients, especially those in a wheelchair or those who suffer from diabetes, Parkinson’s disease or paralysis, cannot move themselves. They are dependent on the nursing home staff or hospital nurses to rotate their position. This is why their families and Medicare/Medicaid pay those nursing homes and hospitals thousands of dollars to care for the patient. Unfortunately, nursing homes and hospitals can be blinded by their profit margins. Because of the greed factor, nursing homes are notoriously understaffed in order to maximize their profits. To maximize profits, nurses are undertrained and overworked. As a result, they do not turn and reposition patients every 2 hours as required. The result are decubitus ulcers.
Decubitus ulcer prevention is mandated by the law. Federal laws require a nursing home resident be turned every 2 hours to prevent decubitus ulcers.
Failures in Decubitus Ulcer Prevention
Sadly, nursing homes and hospitals get away with this neglect all the time. Our elderly patients cannot communicate or complain of patient neglect because of their compromised mental states. Do not let them suffer in silence. No one has the right to take advantage of the elderly. If you or a loved one has developed a preventable decubitus ulcer in a hospital or nursing home, consult with a pressure sore lawyer and learn about your rights regarding a bed sore lawsuit. If a healthcare facility has failed in their decubitus ulcer prevention requirements, call (561) 316-7207 for a free decubitus ulcer case evaluation.