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Nursing Home Neglect- Dangers of Bed Sores

The quality of care in many nursing homes is in decline and the nation is trying to devise ways to reverse this trend. Bed sores on a nursing home resident is a common indicator of neglect. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that over one in ten nursing home residents polled during a certain period was suffering from bed sores. And in 2004, the CDC found about 11 percent of nursing home residents were suffering from bed sores. That’s about 159,000 American seniors.

For information on bed sores / pressure ulcers / decubitus ulcers, try looking around the Carpey Law blog archives. Do some browsing and you can find informative articles like the following:

·         What You Should Know About Bed Sores, Pressure Ulcers

·         Bed Sores Should Never Happen

There are many health problems which can stem from bed sores (also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers), one of the most life-threatening of which is sepsis.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is an ailment which stems from a bacterial infections in the bloodstream and causes about 100,000 deaths annually. Sepsis — also known as sever sepsis or sepsis shock — can be fatal if not properly treated. The infection affects blood circulation and causes organ dysfunction. It is often caused by open wounds (like bed sores). So a bed sore, untreated, can become infected, and that infection can potentially lead to sepsis.

Symptoms of sepsis include:

·         Shaking 

·         Anxiety 

·         Fever 

·         Lower body temperature

It is possible to treat sepsis, but the diagnosis must be swift and subsequent treatment plan must be swift. Delays in treating sepsis often lead to complications. Popular methods of treatment include surgical drainage and use of antibiotics and nutritional supplements.

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