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Why bedsores in nursing homes are more dangerous than you think

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2024 | Nursing Home Negligence

Bedsores are an alarming concern in nursing homes, especially since elderly residents are primarily at risk of this skin injury.

People with a medical condition that limits their ability to move or those who spend most of their time in a bed or chair are most at risk of bedsores. This is why many reports of bedsore cases come from nursing homes and facilities.

Unfortunately, bedsores can result in more serious injuries or illnesses if not treated properly or promptly.

What bedsores can develop into

Delayed or improper treatment of bedsores can result in several complications, including:

  • Cellulitis: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and connected soft tissues. It can cause redness, swelling and warmth over the affected area.
  • Bone and joint infections: These can arise when a pressure sore reaches the bones or joints. This can result in damage to cartilage and tissues, which can adversely affect the function of the joints and limbs.
  • Cancer: Long-term, non-healing bedsore wounds can develop into squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.
  • Sepsis: If an infection from a pressure sore enters the bloodstream, it can cause sepsis, a rapidly progressing, life-threatening condition that can lead to shock and organ failure.

These are only some of the serious medical conditions that can result from infected bedsores.

If it happens to your loved one

If you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home who suffered from bedsores or other resulting infections, it is vital to investigate their possible causes, including nursing home negligence. This will allow you to make informed decisions and backed up claims in case you pursue an action against the nursing home.