Bed Sores and Restraints Highlight the Need for a Dynamic Plan of Care in Nursing Homes

Recent studies show failures to modify plans of care in dementia patients who are placed on feeding tubes can result in bedsores.

It is well accepted that feeding tubes help to alleviate bedsores by providing nutritional support.  Physicians across the country are generally in agreement that the installation of a feeding tube into a bed-ridden elderly patient provides the body the nutrients needed to prevent skin breakdown, thus preventing and healing pressure ulcers, which are more commonly known as bedsores.

A recent study conducted on dementia patients highlighted differences in nursing home practices and revealed when feeding tubes were utilized in conjunction with dementia patients who required restraints, higher occurrences of bedsores were found.  Restraints are often necessary to prevent dementia patients from pulling out feeding tubes and causing themselves harm.  When restraints are used a dynamic plan of care is required to adjust for the modification of mobility that results.  Failure to do so results in increased stress on body pressure points such as the buttocks, resulting in bedsores in that area.

Bedsores progress through several stages of development.  Ultimately the sore can turn into an open wound which can be infected by multitudes of various bacteria.  Oftentimes, these infections can lead to the death of the patient.

If your loved one has dementia, and their physicians recommend a feeding tube, you may want to ask what interventions are being utilized to minimize potential bed sores.  With studies that are showing higher incidents of bedsores in dementia patients using feeding tubes, it only makes sense that nursing homes work to minimize harm to the residents under their care.

Watch your loved one for any signs of bedsore development closely. If bedsores do develop, your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect.  Please contact the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP for a free consultation on actions you can take to stop nursing home abuse by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send us a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

To learn more about nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect and elder abuse in Ohio nursing homes, please visit www.stopohionursinghomeabuse.com.

Source:  http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/05/14/for-dementia-patients-feeding-tubes-may-increase-bed-sores

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