Bed sores (also called pressure sores) are a sign of poor care at medical facilities or other long-term care facilities. Bed sores normally develop when there is unrelieved pressure on bony parts of the body over an extended period of time. Eventually, the blood flow is restricted and the skin and tissue die, resulting in a wound. Bed sores normally develop in bony parts of the body, where there is not enough muscle or tissue to cushion the weight of the body. The most common areas for pressure sores to develop include the back, head, heels and buttocks.
Pressure sores are more likely to develop if the patient has poor health and hygiene. If a patient is dehydrated or malnourished, that can have a huge impact on the health of the skin and the speed at which the body will heal. Also, if a patient’s skin is kept wet, such is if there is poor bathroom hygiene, the patient is more likely to have skin deterioration and pressure sores.
Pressure sores can be incredibly painful for patients. They can also lead to more serious medical complications, such as infection, gangrene, sepsis, amputation, and even death. Pressure sores must be treated early, before they become too difficult to heal. However, in the best case scenario the nursing facility would not have allowed the pressure sores to develop in the first place.
If your loved one has been developing pressure sores in his or her nursing home, that could be a sign of poor care. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit our Facebook page to learn more.