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Failing to Rotate a Patient

Nebraska Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers

Nursing homes across the nation have a duty to provide adequate care for their patients. This includes those who are immobilized and must spend a majority — or all — of their time in a wheelchair or in bed. When this is the situation, it is important for the nursing home staff to perform proper rotation or movement of the patient in order to prevent serious conditions from developing. When the staff fails to rotate a bedbound patient, the results can be devastating.

The most common complication from failure to rotate is the development of pressure ulcers. Also known as bed sores, these occur when the blood flow is dramatically decreased to certain parts of the body, mainly where there is not a lot of muscle or fat. Bed sores come in four stages, each one progressively worse than the stage prior with the final stage increasing the probability of fatality. If a patient is rotated properly, blood flows better and the boney areas of the body are not subjected to a high level of friction.

The parts of the body most likely to develop pressure ulcers include:

  • Tailbone
  • Hips
  • Heels
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Back of head

Understand the Signs

If your loved one is in a nursing home, it is important to make sure you look out for any signs of possible neglect, such as failing to rotate a patient. When you visit your elderly loved one, be sure to ask if everything is okay or if they are in pain. Monitor their reactions and check their body to make sure there are no signs of pressure ulcers. You may notice red, blistering areas. This can signify the early stages of bed sores and you should inform the staff before the problem becomes more pressing.

At Domina Law Group, our Nebraska nursing home neglect attorneys work to help clients seek justice on behalf of their loved ones. Failure to properly rotate is a serious problem and a sign of negligence within the nursing home. Take legal action to protect your loved one and others from this kind of abuse.

Call our firm today and learn more.

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