Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores) In Nursing Home Residents

Pressure ulcers (bed sores) are wounds caused by unrelieved pressure on the skin, most commonly occurring at the elbows, heels, hips, and over other bony prominences. Between 2% and 28% of nursing  home residents have pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are classified based on the depth of the soft tissue injury, from Stage 1 to Stage 4 (the worst). 

The data from the National Nursing Home Survey conducted in 2004 found that about 159,000 nursing home residents (11%)  in the United States had pressure ulcers (Stage 2 were the most common). Residents 64 and younger were more likely to have pressure ulcers than older residents. Residents of nursing homes for a year or less were more likely to suffer pressure ulcers than longer term residents. One in five residents with a recent weight loss had pressure ulcers. Only 35% of residents with Stage 2 or worse pressure ulcers received special wound care treatment in 2004.

Most pressure ulcers are preventable. If you, a relative, or a friend suffered from a pressure ulcer while in a nursing home or a hospital, click here to request a medical malpractice lawyer in your area to investigate your claim. You may also call us toll free at 800-295-3959.

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