Pressure Sores in Nursing Homes

Pressure Sores & Nursing Homes

The highest percentage of people suffering from pressure sores are in nursing homes. Nursing homes are equipped to provide wound care for pressure sores and are required to heal existing pressure sores and prevent new pressure sores from forming (See, Federal Laws on Pressure Sores for more analysis). The number of nursing home residents with pressure sores varies from facility to facility, but anywhere from 3 to 28 percent of the people in a nursing home may have pressure sores.

Pressure Sore in Nursing Home Percentage

Percentages of Nursing Home residents with Pressure Sores

Why do some nursing homes have much more residents with pressure sores? Often frail older people come to live in a nursing home because they have a pressure sore. Because pressure sores are difficult to prevent and treat at home (unless there is a home health aide), they enter a nursing home facility. Sometimes the conditions that necessitate living in a nursing home, such as advanced dementia or paralysis, lead to an environment conducive to pressure sore formation.

Pressure sores in nursing home statistics

From 1981-1991, Pressure Sores in Nursing Homes Skyrocketed

Federal regulations are particularly stringent about preventing, documenting, and treating pressure sores. The website www.medicare.gov gives the ratings for every nursing home and tells you the percentage of residents with pressure sores and if that number is close to the national average.

Demographics - pressure sores in nursing home

Demographics of Nursing Home Residents suffering with Pressure Sores

While this is helpful information, there are a few exceptions worth noting. One nursing home may specialize in pressure sore related care, “wound care”, and thus have a much higher number of cases of pressure sores than another facility. Some facilities specialize in residents with dementia, where most residents are able to move around on their own, and therefore have residents with less pressure sores. So the percentage of residents with pressure sores may not directly correlate with the level of nursing home care provided. Another deceiving fact is that the number of nursing home residents with pressure sores depends on facility self reporting. If the nursing home out right lies about how many residents have pressure sores, the number will be skewed.

If you or a loved one has developed a pressure sore in a nursing home, you may have a valuable pressure sore lawsuit for nursing home neglect. This site is maintained by a pressure sore lawyer. Please feel free to peruse our resources on pressure sores and call 561-316-7207 to speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer.

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