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Are bedsores a clear sign of nursing home neglect?
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
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In brief: Bedsores neglect
The issue is whether all pressure ulcers are avoidable.
Most professionals believe that there are unavoidable pressure ulcers. The issue of 'neglect' is a legal term used by the plaintiff attorneys. Some wounds are not preventable. One extreme example is a kennedy terminal ulcer (google the term). There are many risk factors that a patient can have that are'tcorrectable and that snfs cannot cure.

In brief: Bedsores neglect
The issue is whether all pressure ulcers are avoidable.
Most professionals believe that there are unavoidable pressure ulcers. The issue of 'neglect' is a legal term used by the plaintiff attorneys. Some wounds are not preventable. One extreme example is a kennedy terminal ulcer (google the term). There are many risk factors that a patient can have that are'tcorrectable and that snfs cannot cure.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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In brief: Yes and no.
For the most part as long as a patient turns or is turned every hour or two they can be avoided.
But there are certain patients ( morbidly obese, malnourished, paralyzed etc ) that are at very high risk of bedsores even with turning. Special mattresses, padding etc can help but there are some patients where it is almost impossible NOT to develop bedsores

In brief: Yes and no.
For the most part as long as a patient turns or is turned every hour or two they can be avoided.
But there are certain patients ( morbidly obese, malnourished, paralyzed etc ) that are at very high risk of bedsores even with turning. Special mattresses, padding etc can help but there are some patients where it is almost impossible NOT to develop bedsores
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. Gary Tuma
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Bedsores
It is not necessarily nursing home neglect but does reflect the level of care the patient is receiving.
There are many factors that put patients at increased risk for decubitus ulcers (bedsores). Some of these are nutrition, mobility, care, type of mattress, and education of the care provider. It is important to address the issues early to prevent progression or from others forming.

In brief: Bedsores
It is not necessarily nursing home neglect but does reflect the level of care the patient is receiving.
There are many factors that put patients at increased risk for decubitus ulcers (bedsores). Some of these are nutrition, mobility, care, type of mattress, and education of the care provider. It is important to address the issues early to prevent progression or from others forming.
Dr. Gary Tuma
Dr. Gary Tuma
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: One sign
This may be one sign but more than anything it is a sign of compromise of the normal protective mechanisms that may be explained by alteration in sensitivity, mobility, mentation, bowel/bladder continence, and nutrition.

In brief: One sign
This may be one sign but more than anything it is a sign of compromise of the normal protective mechanisms that may be explained by alteration in sensitivity, mobility, mentation, bowel/bladder continence, and nutrition.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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