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July 8, 2012

This week we’ll be adding three new nursing home abuse articles that we hope will raise awareness about some very serious issues found in negligent nursing homes. The topics will be sepsis, wounds, and sacral ulcers. The articles will be posted under our Types of Nursing Home Abuse section.

Sepsis is a blood infection that is caused by bacteria entering the body through open wounds such as bedsores. It can also be spread by catheters and IV lines. Sepsis is easily preventable if wounds are treated quickly, or prevented in the first place. Symptoms include rapid heartbeat, shaking, and sweating. If not properly treated sepsis can cause death.

Wound care in nursing homes is very important, especially given the lower immune systems of many nursing home residents which make it harder to fight bacterial infections. Bedsores are one of the more common wounds found in nursing homes. Regular check-ups and proper and prompt treatment of any wounds are key to preventing serious problems.

Sacral ulcers are located at the base of the spine and are caused by prolonged pressure. Further complications that make this potentially deadly type of bedsore more likely are malnutrition, dehydration, and diabetes.

Issues such as the aforementioned are certainly signs of nursing home abuse and warrant contacting a nursing home abuse attorney if you or a loved one has experienced them.

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