Bedsores are preventable. With good care, they can be avoided. If you notice reddened areas — especially at pressure points — talk to the caregiver. If the answers are evasive or unsatisfactory, you may need a bedsore injury lawyer to prevent further injury to your loved one.
Many times when clients come to our firm, they suspect their loved one is lacking good care, but want to be sure there is a real problem before threatening legal action. Below are a few of the most common causes for bedsores, pressure sores and ulcers.
- Too Much Pressure: Bedsores can be the result of too much pressure from remaining in the same position for a prolonged period of time. Patients who cannot move on their own should be repositioned every two hours. Generally, elderly people have poor skin integrity, and their thin skin is easily injured. Padding and a good mattress can help protect pressure points.
- Malnutrition: Bedsores can also be an indication of poor nutrition. Patients need proper nutrients to replenish the skin’s ability to heal.
- Moisture: Another cause of bedsores is moisture. Is the patient kept dry? Are the bed sheets wet from incontinence? The patient should be changed regularly or taken to the bathroom regularly.
Bedsores can cause substantial health risks. Bedsores are a highway for infection entering the body. The infection can result in an open wound that gets to the bone, causing bone infection and even amputation. Pressure sores, ulcers and bedsores are painful and dangerous — and preventable. Don’t delay in getting your loved one the help they need and the compensation they deserve.