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Can bedsores indicate neglect?

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2022 | Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse

When you leave your loved one in the care of others, no matter who that is, then you expect they will get the best care possible. This is particularly true in the event that you are paying a facility to ensure their well-being.

Unfortunately, not every facility has the resident’s best interests in mind. You may even notice bedsores on your loved one, which can indicate more than simple illness or age.

The formation of bedsores

Johns Hopkins Medicine discusses signs that may indicate neglect in a nursing home, including bedsores. Nursing home neglect comes in many different forms, and in many cases, these forms involve a victim simply falling through the cracks of an overburdened and understaffed facility.

In the case of bedsores, it is important to understand how they are formed. A bedsore is a pressure ulcer that occurs when pressure gets applied to one area over a prolonged period of time. It can take as little as a few hours for a bedsore to begin forming. Because of that, staff in nursing facilities should be turning over patients who cannot move at least once every two hours.

How neglect ties to bedsores

If they fail to do this, the patient will likely develop these bedsores, which can easily get infected. Infections from bedsores can reach all the way down to the bone and cause incredible amounts of pain in sufferers. Bedsores can also lead to potentially lethal complications like sepsis, a blood infection.

These serious outcomes serve as the main reason why any bedsores should get looked at immediately. Ties to potential neglect should get rooted up as soon as possible.