New Jersey Nursing Home Bedsores Lawyer

New Jersey Nursing Home Bedsores Lawyer

Davis & Brusca, LLC is proud to be the New Jersey nursing home bedsores lawyer families turn to for help when their loved ones are harmed by nursing homes. Bedsores, also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers, are a common sign of nursing home neglect or abuse. Bedsores occur when there is pressure on the skin that goes unrelieved for an extended period of time, usually over a boney area. Bed sores can also lead to further health issues, including  such as infections.

If you have seen bed sores on your loved one’s lower back, buttocks, heels, back, or hips, then we encourage you to contact our office.  As specialists, nursing home neglect lawyer NJ families can trust Davis & Brusca for skilled, aggressive representation.  We get results.

Tips for Preventing Bedsores

It is nursing home’s job to provide a sufficient number of qualified staff to monitor their residentss health.  They are required by federal and state law to provide services which afford residents with a safe and decent living environment.  And they are required to monitor each resident’s plan of care against their evolving needs, and implement changes when concerning symptoms arise. Unfortunately, as a NJ nursing home bedsores lawyer, Davis & Brusca knows all too well that many nursing home facilities are understaffed and morale is low due to being overworked.  This this leaves many residents without proper care or supervision, rendering them vulnerable to conditions such as painful bedsores. Even though it is not your duty to provide medical care, here are tips for ways to prevent bedsores that you can help with or ask the nursing staff about when you visit:

Inspect Skin

When visiting your loved one, you can inspect their skin for signs of bedsores. If the skin is not clean or dry in appearance, then they may be more susceptible for bedsores developing. Additionally, if there are bandages, these must be changed on a daily basis. If there is damage to your loved one’s skin, a foul smell, tenderness to the touch, or signs of infection, you must request medical assistance immediately and then contact our team of skilled nursing home bedsores lawyers in NJ for help.

Pay Attention to Meals

By being involved in your loved one’s care you can help prevent bed sores. The skin is an organ which needs proper nutrition.  When residents receive poor nutrition or become dehydrated, they can become more prone to bedsores. It is vital that senior residents receive enough protein, vitamins, minerals, calories, and water. If you suspect that the nursing home care staff has not been giving your loved one adequate nutrition or hydration, you should contact Davis & Brusca’s team of nursing home bedsores lawyer in New Jersey for help.

Options for Movement

Residents at a nursing home must be given opportunities for movement.  If they are unable to move themselves, it is vital that the facility turn and reposition them at least every two (2) hours when they are in bed, and at least every one (1) hour when in their wheelchair.  High quality pressure redistribution surfaces (wheelchair cushions, specialty mattresses, etc.) may also be necessary.  Failure to provide these basic measures is a frequent cause of pressure injuries.  You can work with your loved one’s doctor and the facility’s interdisciplinary team to ensure their needs are met.  Ask questions and push to see what safety measures are part of the care plan.

Wound Care for Bed Sores

Did your loved one develop preventable bedsores while admitted to a nursing home or Assisted Living Facility?  If so, we can help.

The Bed Sore Lawyers at Davis & Brusca represent nursing home residents and other patients who have suffered these devastating injuries caused by medical negligence.  Call us today at (609) 786-2540 or use the contact form today for a free, no obligation consultation.

What is the Proper Treatment for a Bedsore?

People who have suffered pressure injuries (a/k/a “bedsores”, “pressure ulcers” or “decubitus ulcers”) must receive proper treatment in order to recover.  The specific treatment protocol may vary from person to person, and deciding the correct course will usually require assessment from a provider with specific training in wound care.  However, there are some general principles which apply to most wound scenarios:

  1. Offloading of pressure: A wound cannot heal if it is constantly subjected to pressure.  The area of the wound must generally be offloaded to preserve blood flow and allow the damaged tissues to heal.
  2. Keep the wound clean & dry: Exposure to moisture and contaminants will generally impair or inhibit wound healing.  Wound dressings must be kept sanitary and changed regularly.
  3. Careful Monitoring of Wound Healing: There is generally no “one size fits all” approach to caring for a pressure injury.  The wound must be carefully and regularly monitored, with changes (or lack of change) being accurately documented by the care staff.  Regular assessment of the wound and the care which has been provided will allow the nursing staff to determine whether the approach they have been taking is working, and to adjust the care plan if it isn’t.

Caring for pressure injuries usually requires a dedicated, well-educated team.  The approach should be multi-disciplinary with all the caregivers working together to provide optimal care. Proper wound management requires a comprehensive care plan that takes every factor into account, including the response (or lack of response) to prior efforts.  Failure to follow this comprehensive approach will usually have a dramatic negative effect on the patient’s outcome.

Treating Bed Sores

Bedsores are generally caused when the skin is exposed to prolonged pressure, traction, or shearing forces which pinch and pull the skin and subcutaneous tissues on and against bony prominences, such as the sacrum, hips, heels, shoulder blades, elbows, and even the back of the head.

It is critical to monitor the skin of a person who is at risk for pressure injuries.  Identifying wounds early can make all the difference.  When a pressure injury (bed sore) is left untreated or is poorly managed, a small or minor bedsore may progress rapidly.  These wounds can become severe and may become life-threatening over a relatively short time so, it is critical that the care providers know how to spot the signs of wounds and take care to monitor the skin, document wounds as soon as they begin, and immediately develop and implement a complete care plan to address any wounds which may form.

Preventing Bed Sores

While each case is unique, there are some universally accepted preventions methods for bed sores:

  1. Keep the Skin Clean & Dry: Prolonged exposure to moisture can weaken the skin’s natural barriers.  This can come from excess wetness due to sweating or from urine or other fluids. Use of moisture barrier creams can help to protect the skin and prevent wounds.
  2. Turn & Position Frequently: The skin must be regularly offloaded in order to remain healthy.  People who have the ability to move themselves do this without thinking about it.  However, those with medical conditions or physical weakness need help from care staff to accomplish this vitally important step.  The frequency of offloading may vary from person to person, but generally this must occur at least once every 2 hours when in bed and at least once every hour when in a chair or wheelchair to prevent wounds from forming. If a person has a wound, more frequent turning is likely required. Frequent repositioning helps to prevent bed sores by preventing ischemia (lack of blood flow) to underlying skin and tissue.
  3. Managing Underlying Health Issues: There are numerous health issues and related factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing pressure ulcers. These must be properly managed as part of an overall care plan to prevent wounds.  Some examples of such issues include:

When Should you Speak to a Bed Sore Lawyer?

Nearly all bedsores are preventable. As such, when bedsores form there is reason to suspect neglect or abuse is the cause.

If your loved one is receiving wound care in a nursing home, call Davis & Brusca and speak with one of our caring, experienced bed sore lawyers now.  We can offer guidance and help you stop the neglect and seek justice for your family.

Our skilled Nursing Home Bed Sore Lawyer New Jersey provides a free initial consultation.  Call us today at 609-786-2540 for a free, no risk consultation to discuss your legal options.

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