DLP Fights for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect- Paige Legal Nurse Consulting Reports on “When Pressure Wounds Results in Sepsis”

Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence during COVID-19
Date: April 6, 2022

Paige Legal Nurse Consulting discusses pressure wound injury indicators that nursing home employees should examine residents for. First, it is important to mention that keeping your skin healthy is crucial as a cut or pressure wound on your skin that is not properly cared for can lead to a serious infection that could spread throughout the body. Nursing home residents, especially those that are bed-ridden, are greatly susceptible to acquiring pressure injury wounds. Because of this, it is of utmost importance that nursing home employees appropriately treat the first signs of pressure wounds by having a care plan in place. Paige Legal Nursing Consultants breaks down the four different stages of pressure wound indicators. In stage one, the wound will be red, whereas in stage 2 the skin barrier will be punctured and should be carefully watched. An improperly treated stage 2 pressure injury wound will eventually “develop slough” in stages 3 and 4. This means a white color substance composed of white blood cells will be present in the wound and requires removal. If the wound reaches stages 3 and 4, serious medical attention is needed. The wound should be examined by a registered nurse or wound care team.

What is the best way for nursing home employees to prevent pressure wounds from developing into sepsis?

        Paige Legal Nursing Consulting stresses that if a resident has a pressure wound injury, the nursing home employees must perform the critical step of draining the wound. Nurses must be trained to assess the different features of the wound such as its smell, presence of pus, and color. Additionally, nursing home employees should look for signs such as “nausea, pain, chills, and fever” which can stem from a pressure wound injury. If a wound is not properly tended to, SIRS will occur which can lead to a deadly sepsis infection. Several symptoms of SIRS and sepsis are listed by Paige Legal Nurse Consulting such as: “a heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute”, “breathing rate above 20 breaths per minute”, “a fever above 100.4 F or below 96.8 F”, mental confusion, and a decrease in the amount of urine excreted. A resident with a sepsis infection needs immediate medical care to prevent death!

Contact an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney

     Sepsis is a serious and grave infection.  When visiting your loved ones at their nursing home facility, please check in with them to make sure they are receiving high-quality care. If you or a family member has developed sepsis as a result of an improperly treated pressure wound injury, please contact our experienced team of attorneys at Dougherty Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. Our team will fight for you! Remember: Injury? Call DLP! (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.

Tara Lynott
Intern, Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP