New York Pressure Sores in Nursing Homes and Hospitals

How prevalent are pressure sores (decubitus ulcers) in New York nursing homes and hospitals? The answer might surprise you.

Pressure ulcer incidents have been on the rise in the State of New York, according to recent studies. While hospital acquired pressure sores have gone down, New York nursing home decubitus ulcers are increasing. Long term care hospital acquired pressure sores are also on the rise for New York. Statisticians point out that these increases in number may not necessarily reflect poor care in New York

New York has experienced rapid growth in the elder care segment of healthcare

New York has experienced rapid growth in the elder care segment of healthcare

long term care facilities. Instead, New York has experienced rapid growth in the elderly care market. Nursing homes and long term care hospitals have been springing up all across New York. Unfortunately, when businesses experience rapid growth, there are unintended ‘growing pains’ that accompany expansion. In the elder health care market, some of these growing pains include a lack of qualified staff. When a New York nursing home or long term care hospital in understaffed, of that staff is undertrained, it inevitably results in bad patient care. Decubitus ulcers (bedsores, pressure sores) are a primary indicator of elder neglect in these facilities. Other indicators include increased patient falls, dehydration, malnutrition, rapid weight loss and infection.

Be on the lookout for these signs of elder neglect if your loved one enters a New York area nursing home or hospital. If you have questions about an unexplained bedsore that developed in a nursing home, hospital or ALF facility, demand answers by speaking with a pressure sore attorney.

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