Signs of Substandard Care in Oklahoma Nursing Homes: Bedsores
Bedsores, often referred to as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, are a sign that your loved one may be receiving negligent or substandard care in an Oklahoma nursing home. They occur most commonly where the skin is under constant pressure. For instance, Oklahoma nursing home residents who are bedridden can develop bedsores on their heels and on their tail bones where the skin is in constant contact with the bed. Nursing home residents can also develop bedsores on their hips, backs, elbows, and ankles.
In most instances, bedsores are preventable if the nursing home staff is attentive. Oklahoma nursing home residents should be assessed regularly for any signs of skin breakdown, and if any is discovered, the nurses should notify the nursing home’s medical director to address the skin breakdown. Certain conditions like diabetes place some nursing home residents at higher risk of developing bedsores. The nursing home staff should create a plan that specifically addresses how each high-risk patient should be cared for individually.
Placing your loved one in an Oklahoma nursing home is a difficult experience that can become a nightmare if the nursing home does not properly care for your loved one. Bedsores are painful and slow to heal once they develop. In extreme cases, bedsores can lead to amputations and even death. If you suspect that your loved one is receiving negligent or substandard care in an Oklahoma nursing home, contact Brown & Gould, pllc. Our lawyers are experienced advocates for Oklahoma nursing home residents. For complete information or to discuss your case with our attorneys, call Brown & Gould, pllc at (405) 235-4500 or visit our website at www.browngouldlaw.com.