Pressure sores (also referred to as bed sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) may result in serious injury, and sometimes even death. Pressure sores are often associated with neglect, as there are two major factors that contribute to the development of a pressure ulcer. These factors are:
1.extended time in one position, causing pressure to be applied to bony parts of the body; and
2. extended time when moisture or human waste is in contact with the skin.
Not surprisingly, it is the most vulnerable members of our society, often the elderly and immobile, that are at the greatest risk for developing pressure sores. The elderly and the disabled rely upon their caregivers and treatment providers to prevent the onset of a pressure ulcer.
When a patient is left lying or sitting in one position for long periods of time, the blood flow to the skin and tissue becomes restricted. As a result, healthy tissue slowly begins to die, resulting in a sore or wound. When contact with human waste is involved the process is accelerated.
If a pressure sore develops, a patient will have pain. In addition, if the pressure sore becomes advanced, serious medical problems can occur. Complications from pressure sores can be extremely serious and may include Infection, sepsis, osteomyelitis, and amputation. In some cases, pressure sores can result in significant complications that may be fatal.
If a loved one has developed a serious pressure sore while under the care of a hospital or nursing home, it may be the result of neglect. For a complimentary consultation, contact Iacobelli Law Firm.