The Duke University School of Nursing cited statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that one in 10 nursing home residents develop bedsores or pressure ulcers. Recent studies also show a difference in the quality of care received across different racial groups. In addition, nursing homes tend to underreport bedsores, leading to unreliable data.  

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Have you or your loved one developed bedsores at a nursing home? You could be eligible for compensation. The winning team of bedsore lawyers in Dallas and staff of Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP collectively have over 65 years of experience representing injured persons. We work tirelessly and aggressively on their cases, putting our deep knowledge and experience to work with every client task. We invite you to schedule a free consultation.  

The Risk of Underreporting Bedsore Neglect

As noted, nursing homes tend to underreport bedsores, leading to unreliable data for people to use when finding the best care possible for their family members. For example, a study by the University of Chicago found that nursing homes underreported these incidents to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Researchers found that between “2011 and 2017, nursing homes self-reported only 59.7% of hospitalized pressure ulcers between stages 2-4 among long-stay residents.”  

If you suspect that your loved one’s bed sores were caused by negligence or inadequate care in a nursing home, it is crucial to take action. Our nursing home abuse lawyer can help. 

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The Severity of Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are preventable. However, if nursing home staff don’t follow the necessary procedures, they can worsen over time. Their severity is measured along a six-stage scale, with one being the least serious. Left untreated, there is a risk that the infection can spread to the blood or the underlying bone. Over the years, studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified stage two pressure ulcers as the most common. Surprisingly, seniors receiving short-term treatment tend to be more likely to develop pressure ulcers than those receiving long-term care.  

Pressure Ulcers Across Varying Demographics  

Recent statistics also show a difference in the quality of care received across different racial groups. A study from the University of Chicago found that 50.4% of Black short-term residents and 46.1% of Hispanic short-term residents developed pressure sores, compared to 40.8% of white residents. The racial disparity also applies to long-term residents.  

In addition, a 2020 study found that men were more likely to develop bed sores while in institutional care. The researchers concluded that “sex and/or gender need to be adequately taken into account while developing and implementing evidence-based healthcare.” 

Work With A Winning Bedsore Neglect Lawyer

Nursing home patients are often unable to move themselves into bed, requiring the attention and care of a nurse to accomplish the simplest of tasks. Unfortunately, due to a lack of proper care in nursing homes, many residents end up developing bedsores, which in some cases can be fatal.  

At Crowe, Arnold & Majors, we understand the emotional and physical toll that bedsores can have on both residents and their families. Our experienced and compassionate attorneys are committed to advocating for our clients. Contact a Dallas bedsores lawyer to schedule a free consultation.