Was Your Loved One Neglected By Medical Staff?
Bedsores, also known as decubitus or pressure ulcers are a type of skin injury that is caused when pressure is kept on the affected area for an extended period of time. This type of injury often occurs on skin that covers bony areas of the body, including the hips, heels, tailbone, and ankles. The people most at risk of developing this condition are those who spend a considerable amount of time in bed because of limited mobility – nursing home patients are among the most at risk. This is why it’s so important for the medical staff at these facilities to take extra care with their patients to ensure that bedsores don’t develop. Their failure to do so puts the health of their patients at risk.
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Causes Of Bedsores
Bedsores can form when the pressure placed on the affected areas limits blood flow to the skin. They can form more easily when additional factors are in play, including:
- Shear: This can occur when the patient’s skin and the bone underneath that part of the skin move in separate directions. One of the most common ways this can occur is when they slide down the chair they’re sitting in or their bed, but the skin over their hip, tailbone, shoulder blade, etc. doesn’t move while the bone itself does.
- Friction: Similar to shear, this can occur when the skin rubs against bedding, clothing, the surface of a chair, etc. While anyone is susceptible to irritation when this happens (e.g. rug burn, road rash, etc.), people with fragile skin are more vulnerable and require less force to sustain damage. Moist skin is also extremely susceptible to this type of damage.
- Pressure: Constant pressure can restrict blood flow to the area, depriving it and the surrounding tissue of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to stay healthy. If blood flow isn’t restored in a timely fashion, that tissue can suffer serious damage and even die. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important for nursing home staff to help their patients move around, or at the very lease readjust their position while resting.
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