Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are caused by pressure or friction on vulnerable bony areas of the body. Vulnerability is exaggerated by moisture, immobility, and general debility to the hips, ankles, heels, elbows, ears, and pressure points on the lower back. Pressure sores are also caused by prolonged sitting.
Nursing home injury statistics varies as to how many patients have bedsores. Some statistics say 3 to 10 percent of patients have experienced nursing home bedsores while another study suggests as high as one in every four patients have experienced bedsores during their nursing home stay.
Has your loved one suffered from bedsores as a patient in a nursing home? This is not a small matter and bedsores are not only painful but can also lead to more serious side effects and/or death. Pressure sores can trigger bladder distension, anemia, gangrene, sepsis (blood stream infection or bodywide illness), osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone due to infection), and more. Sores may recur.
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Nursing home bedsores happen to patients who are confined to a bed because of paralysis, illness, or impairment. Bedsores may be prevented through a set and monitored program of moving bedridden patients every two hours, using a standing frame to reduce pressure and to ensure dry sheets.
Nursing home malnutrition is also a major factor in the formation of pressure sores. For patients with paralysis, pressure shifting on a regular basis and using a cushion featuring pressure relief components can help prevent pressure wounds.