If you have a loved one residing in a nursing home, there are a few different signs you should watch for that may be indications of elder abuse. One of these possible indicators is the development of bed sores. Bed sores can mean that your loved one is being neglected, which is a form of abuse.
New Developments in Technology Related to Bed Sores
One of the most harmful aspects of bed sores is that they are often not discovered until they are very serious, causing significant damage to the elderly nursing home resident. Bed sores are a common issue in the United States, with approximately 2.5 million Americans affected each year. There is an annual cost of about 11 billion dollars associated with bed sores, so lowering the prevalence of bed sores would be hugely beneficial to society.
Smart Bandages for Early Bed Sore Detection
Fortunately, there is a new technological development on the horizon that has been in the works for the last few years that can help elderly residents who are susceptible to bed sores. The new development is called a smart bandage. It works by using electrical currents to uncover early tissue damage occurring from bed sores. The bandage is designed to detect the earliest stages of the formation of bed sores even before they can be deterred by the human eye.
Though the smart bandages are still in the early stages of development, these bandages could be a huge breakthrough in the medical industry. It would have a huge impact on the many elderly nursing home residents who suffer from bed sores each year.
If you have a loved one who has suffered from bed sores and you believe it may be due to neglect by the staff of their nursing home, it is a good idea to speak with an attorney to learn your options. Contact us today at The Peck Law Group to discuss your potential case.