A wound is an injury caused by a blow, cut, or some other impact in which the skin is normally cut or broken. Nursing home residents may have wounds for a number of reasons. Whether it is from surgery, diabetic sores, bedsores, venuous ulcers, or any other type of injury, wounds need proper care or infection will set in. If you or your loved one has developed a serious infection, bedsores, or an unexplained wound, our Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyers would be happy to meet with you for a Free Initial Consultation. Our Personal Injury Lawyers can be reached at (217) 414-8889.
Illinois law requires that nursing homes properly handle wound care. With proper care, wounds should heal over time. However, if not properly monitored and treated, wounds can become infected. These infections literally cause human flesh to die. The elderly and those already in a fragile physical state are often more susceptible to infections or other conditions which can exacerbate wounds. This is why a proper wound treatment plan, and execution of that wound treatment plan, is vital to recovery to a nursing home resident.
Types of Wounds
Generally speaking, there are four types of wounds that a resident may develop:
- Abrasion: An abrasion occurs when the skin rubs or scrapes against a rough or hard surface. Road rash is an example of an abrasion. There’s usually not a lot of bleeding, but the wound needs to be scrubbed and cleaned to avoid infection.
- Laceration: A laceration is a deep cut or tearing of the skin. Accidents with knives, tools, and machinery are frequent causes of lacerations. In the case of deep lacerations, the bleeding can be rapid and extensive.
- Puncture: A puncture is a small hole caused by a long, pointy object, such as a nail, needle, or ice pick. Sometimes, a bullet can cause a puncture wound. Punctures may not bleed much, but these wounds can be deep enough to damage internal organs. If you have a puncture wound (even just a small one), visit your doctor to get a tetanus booster shot and prevent infection.
- Avulsion: An avulsion is a partial or complete tearing away of skin and the tissue beneath. Avulsions usually occur during violent accidents, such as body-crushing accidents, explosions, and gunshots. They bleed heavily and rapidly.
Causes of Wounds At Nursing Homes
There are many reasons why a nursing home resident may develop a wound. It could be a chronic wound which has developed based on diabetes or some other disease. Other times, it could be that the resident has fallen at the home. Falls at nursing homes are some of the most common reasons why residents are transported to the emergency rooms. After a resident has fallen, they may develop a cut or require a surgical procedure. It is important that the resident is inspected for any skin tears after these injuries. If an elderly person is recovering from surgery and their body is not rotated, they can wounds can develop and worsen over time.
If you believe the nursing home your loved one is at has committed malpractice by failing to properly treat, clean, and/or diagnose a wound, our Nursing Home Wound Care Lawyers are available for Free Initial Consultations. Our office can be reached at (217) 414-8889. Our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers will review the medical records and advise you on how to start an investigation into the nursing home’s conduct. Our office handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases throughout the State of Illinois.