Pressure sores (also commonly referred to as pressure injuries, pressure ulcers and bed sores) continue to be a major potential threat to residents of nursing homes and other long-term health care facilities, such as assisted living facilities. On this site, pressure sores are further discussed on the “Pressure Sores” page, and individual posts concerning pressure sores are seen under the “bedsores” category.
Nursing home residents often have characteristics, including age, that makes them more vulnerable to the development of pressure sores. If these pressure sores are allowed to worsen – and go untreated – there can be a variety of adverse health impacts.
Often, the development of pressure sores and the accompanying injuries – which can lead to a fatality – leads to the filing of a lawsuit. These lawsuits often allege negligence in the health care provided to the nursing home resident.
One of these adverse health impacts that can occur from pressure sores is infection.
The Chicago Tribune published an article (with videos) on September 5, 2018 titled “In Illinois’ understaffed nursing homes, deadly infections persist from bedsores and common injuries that go untreated.” The article discusses various issues concerning Illinois nursing home residents that have developed infections, and also discusses sepsis and septic shock.
Notable excerpts from the article include:
Year after year, nursing homes around the country have failed to prevent bedsores and other infections that can lead to sepsis, an investigation by Kaiser Health News and the Chicago Tribune has found.
No one tracks sepsis cases closely enough to know how many times these infections turn fatal.
However, a federal report has found that care related to sepsis was the most common reason given for transfers of nursing home residents to hospitals and noted that such cases ended in death “much more often” than hospitalizations for other conditions.
In Illinois, about 6,000 nursing home residents a year who were hospitalized had sepsis, and 1 in 5 didn’t survive, according to Definitive’s analysis.
also, with regard to infection control:
Poor infection control ranks among the most common citations in nursing homes. Since 2015, inspectors have cited 72 percent of homes nationally for not having or following an infection control program. In Illinois, that figure stands at 88 percent of homes.
Illinois falls below national norms for risks of pressure sores or failure to treat them properly in nursing homes. Inspectors have cited 37 percent of the nation’s nursing homes for this deficiency, compared with 60 percent in Illinois, according to CMS records. Only three states were cited more frequently.
A description of sepsis is provided, and a video in the article further discusses sepsis and septic shock.
The article also discusses various lawsuits filed over the development of pressure sores and their health complications.
Additional details concerning pressure sores and infections in nursing home residents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.
Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.
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