Bed sores are among the most serious medical conditions that occur at nursing homes, and the rate of pressure ulcers in nursing home patients is often a quality-care indicator. Indeed, many nursing homes residents across the country may suffer from elder neglect, as anywhere between 2 percent and 28 percent of nursing home residents currently suffer from bed sores.
Stage 1: a persistent redness in the skin;
Stage 2: loss of partial thickness of the skin, which can look like an abrasion, a blister, or a shallow crater;
Stage 3: loss of full thickness of the skin, which usually looks like a deep crater; and
Stage 4: loss of full thickness of the skin such that muscles or bones are exposed.
How often are nursing home residents diagnosed with a bed sore? Based on data collected by the CDC, more than 10 percent of nursing home residents have suffered from a pressure ulcer. Of those patients, about half of those diagnosed had Stage 2 bed sores. Some other significant facts and figures include:
Age is a factor: nursing home residents who were aged 64 years and younger actually were more likely than older residents to be diagnosed with bed sores.
Time in nursing home matters: residents who were at a nursing home for one year or less were more likely than long-term residents to be diagnosed with a pressure ulcer.
Weight loss may be a sign: about 20 percent of nursing home residents with recent weight loss also had a bed sore
More than one-third of all nursing home residents with bed sores rated as “Stage 2” or higher required “special wound care services.”
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