Elderly residents of nursing homes in Maryland deserve to get the best care. Sadly, many vulnerable older people suffer from bedsores, which are a big indication of neglect at a nursing home. In the worst case, they may become stage 4 bedsores.
What is a stage 4 bedsore?
Bedsores, which are also known as pressure ulcers, are common injuries among elderly nursing home residents. They develop when a person is immobile and left in the same position for a long time. However, stage 4 bedsores are the most severe and can be life-threatening. By the time the victim reaches stage 4, the bedsore is very deep, often exposing muscle or even bone, and can lead to serious infections and complications.
Often, if a bedsore is detected in its early stages and is promptly treated, it can be reversed. If left untreated, it can progress until it reaches stage 4.
What causes stage 4 bedsores?
A stage 4 bedsore is usually caused by neglect. A nursing home resident can develop bedsores when he or she is left sitting or lying down for long stretches in the same position. Bedsores develop when the blood supply is cut off from the affected area for over three hours. A bedsore manifests as a red, painful mark on the skin. It progresses when it is not treated and appears purple. Later, the skin can break, resulting in serious, deep wounds.
Preventing stage 4 bedsores
Stage 4 nursing home bedsores can be prevented if the staff continuously monitors elderly residents and makes sure they aren’t left in the same position for too long. Checking on patients and shifting their weight at least once an hour can help. Keeping the skin clean and dry and using moisturizing skincare products can protect against bedsores.
Residents’ clothing and bedding should also be changed regularly to prevent bedsores and ensure cleanliness.
If your loved one has bedsores, protect his or her rights by holding the nursing home liable.