Stages of Bed Sores
Bed sores, or pressure sores, are a common indicator of nursing home negligence or abuse. Bed sores have four main stages based on severity. The first stage of bed sores may be difficult to notice, as the skin is not yet broken. However, there may be slight discoloration and the skin may be tender or painful to touch. Shallow wounds open at the second stage of bed sores and may appear as ruptured or fluid-filled blisters. At stage three, the ulcers deepen to reveal fat and decaying or lost tissue. During stage four, the wound deepens further, revealing muscle, bone, or tendons. Dark, yellow, and crusty tissue may be present. The worsening of bed sores may result in permanent deep tissue damage.
Common Sites of Bed Sores
Nursing homes have a duty to their patients to keep them healthy and their medical conditions stable. However, nursing home patients who suffer from nursing home negligence or abuse are susceptible to a number of medical conditions, such as bed sores. When searching for signs of bed sores due to nursing home neglect, the most common places to find pressure sores include:
- Tailbone or backside
- Shoulder blades
- Backs of arms and legs
- Back of head
In nursing homes, a patient is often confined to bed for a significant part of the day. Due to this, bed sores may appear more around the head and in the ankle and foot area.
Contact a Texas Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Nursing homes have a duty to serve their patients and clients with respect and care. If you believe that your loved one is being mistreated or neglected by his or her nursing home facility, contact one of our experienced Texas nursing home neglect attorneys at Hotze Runkle by calling (877) 919-0830 today.