Pressure Ulcers Are Avoidable

The tragedy of pressure ulcers is that they are so preventable. These sores cause elders in nursing homes a great amount of pain but can be avoided with a small amount of preventative measures by staff. They are truly a case where “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment.” Repositioning bed and wheelchair bound residents every two …

Pressure Sores And Their Common Sites

Despite the ease of prevention, pressure sores are a common occurrence for many nursing home residents. This is because they are older, and often confined to their bed.[1] Treatment of these injuries is not difficult. Repositioning bed-bound residents every two hours can often effectively combat their development.[2] Pressure relieving methods such as pillows and foam padding can help too.[3] Examinations …

Stages of Sacral Pressure Ulcers

Sacral Pressure Ulcers are a troubling reality for many elders in nursing homes. Bed-bound elders are at the highest risk, but the risk can be mitigated with steps such as examinations, repositioning every two hours, and other measures to mitigate pressure (extra foam on mattresses). These sores can grow progressively worse as time goes on if not treated. They have …

Stages of Heel Decubitus Ulcers

Elders are sent to nursing homes when their families can no longer provide them with the care they need. Homes promise expert care and the ability to cater to the needs of each resident. They often accept Medicaid funds on a similar premise. Unfortunately they often fail to live up to the promised standard of care; both to the elder, …

Surveys: How to Use Them in Investigation and at Trial

In order to be licensed by the state, nursing homes have to submit to surveys which note any safety violations, and homes must either appeal or give a plan to correct violations. In addition to serving the state, they can also be a valuable tool to plaintiffs. Surveys represent an independent, unbiased, unaffected party’s view of the nursing home and …