Planning Prevents BedsoresBedsore Lawyer
Nursing homes should conduct an evaluation of their residents to determine their risk of getting a bedsore or pressure ulcer. By assessing the resident’s risk, the nursing home should provide a level of care commensurate with the risk. The following factors increase a resident’s risk of developing a bedsore:
- Residents that are unable to get out of bed on their own.
- Residents with decreased mobility.
- The presence of a level one or mild bedsore.
- The quality of the resident’s skin.
- Poor nutritional status.
- Increased skin moisture.
- Poor blood flow and oxygenation of the tissues.
- Increased body temperature.
- Advanced age.
- Poor sensory perception.
- Poor general health status.
Residents should also receive a skin assessment as part of the process of evaluating a resident’s risk of suffering from a bed sore or pressure ulcer. A proper skin assessment includes temperature, swelling, changes in tissue consistency, blanching etc.
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