Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers, are wounds caused by unrelieved pressure on the skin. They usually develop over bony prominences, such as the elbow, heel, hip, shoulder, back, and back of the head. Pressure ulcers are serious medical conditions and one of the important measures of the quality of clinical care in nursing homes. It is estimated that 2% to 28% of nursing home residents have pressure ulcers.
Many times Pressure Ulcers and Bed Sores become infected as feces or harmful bacteria may enter the wound. These infections cause a severe compromise of the immune system in elder and dependent adults many times leading to unwarranted wrongful death.
About the Author
Attorney Adam Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.