Typically, active individuals do not have problems with decubitus ulcers, also known as bedsores, because constant pressure against the skin is required to create the ulcers. However, when someone is less mobile, blood is unable to flow to areas of the body and as a result, lesions on the skin develop because of constant pressure on bony areas of the body. Certain areas are more prone to pressure ulcers, those of which include the tailbone, also known as the sacrum, heels, head, and hips.
If healthcare providers follow the appropriate standards of care, decubitus ulcers are avoidable. Healthcare facilities can prevent pressure ulcers by keeping patients clean and dry, and by frequently turning and repositioning residents to ensure they are relieved from constant pressure on any particular area of the body.
Nursing homes and other assisted healthcare facilities have a duty to prevent these decubitus ulcers. If a facility fails to follow established rules and procedures for properly evaluating patients, it may constitute malpractice.
What if I Cannot Afford an Attorney for my Decubitus Ulcer case?
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Understanding Decubitus Ulcer Causes and Consequences
Decubitus ulcers are a key health concern for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The ulcers develop when a patient remains in a position for extended periods of time without proper movement or repositioning. The pressure exerted on a portion of the body restricts circulation to the area of the body where the pressure exists. Over a period of time, the pressure causes the skin tissue to breakdown. The types of skin “breakdown” vary, as there are four stages of decubitus ulcers, each corresponding to a specific level of severity.
- Stage I – decubitus ulcer is indicated when the skin appears agitated and red
- Stage II – decubitus ulcer is indicated when there is some loss of skin or tissue, resulting in an abrasion or blister
- Stage III – decubitus ulcer is indicated when there is full loss of skin or tissue, resulting is a deep skin crater
- Stage IV – decubitus ulcer is the most severe and is indicated when there is full loss of skin or tissue, resulting in exposed muscle, tendon, or bone
What Should I do if I need Help with my decubitus ulcer complaint?
Whether your family member is in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or hospital, you have faith that healthcare professionals will be attentive to and care for your loved one to the best of that professional’s abilities. If your loved one has been harmed as a result of negligence in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or hospital, Brown & Brothers has extensive experience protecting the best interests of you and your family.
Brown & Brothers was previously awarded the largest nursing home verdict in Texas with a $31 million+ verdict against a nursing home. The attorneys at Brown Wharton & Brown are knowledgeable decubitus ulcer attorneys advocating for patients and residents who have fallen victim to below standard healthcare. For a free consultation about your decubitus ulcer case, call us at 1-800-600-4210 today.