Are Bedsores a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect?

In the National Law Review, a recent online article discusses the potential signs of bedsores in nursing homes and how they often are a sign of neglect. Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, are unfortunately a common occurrence in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The Federal Government stated in 42 C.F.R. 483.25(b)(ii), "a resident . . . does not develop pressure sores unless the individual’s clinical condition demonstrates that they were unavoidable.

In a nursing home, or assisted living facility, it is the responsibility of the caregivers and medical staff to ensure that the residents are receiving proper care, including, but not limited to, regular repositioning of immobile patients, adequate nutrition, and daily changing of clothes.

According to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has created a system to determine how severe a bedsore is, with a scale of 1 to 4, the worst of which could extend into the muscle or even the bone. 

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