Identifying the stages of a bedsore can help determine neglect

March 23, 2022 | Crandall & Pera Law
Identifying the stages of a bedsore can help determine neglect

Caring for an elderly loved one in Ohio can become challenging. At some point, they may need to go to a nursing home. In this type of facility, your family member needs to get treated correctly. One of the most significant factors that must be addressed is keeping their skin free from pressure ulcers. Turning them frequently if they are in bed is the best way to handle this task. Failure to do so may result in major problems.

Keeping an eye on an older adult's skin is critical

Getting older usually results in less skin elasticity. This factor can often lead to pressure sores on the tailbone, hips, heels and lower back due to a lack of mobility. Dehydration, malnutrition and being exposed to moisture from feces or urine can also contribute to bedsores. The staff at a nursing home should be aware of this problem to avoid pressure sores from developing with residents. Ensuring your loved one gets turned regularly and stays clean is vital. Ignoring this protocol can lead to devastating consequences.

Identifying the stages of pressure ulcers

A system has been created by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel to help identify the stages of pressure ulcers. Paying attention to these signs is critical, especially in stage 1. At that stage, assistance can still help avoid an area of skin from getting worse.
  • Stage 1: The skin appears red or discolored but isn't broken. It may be hard to the touch and doesn't lighten when pressed on.
  • Stage 2: The skin has broken open, and there is a small sore.
  • Stage 3: The sore has progressed to a point where the fatty tissue is showing.
  • Stage 4: The wound has extended into the muscle and bone.
Knowing how to identify pressure ulcers is essential for nursing home staff. If you have a loved one with a bedsore, it may be due to lack of care and negligence.