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7 Common Causes of Bedsores Caused by Idaho Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Idaho nursing homes and their staff have a duty to provide proper care and treatment to their residents in a timely and reasonable manner. Bedsores, otherwise known as pressure sores, are painful and in some cases life-threatening. Bedsores are a dangerous medical condition and are evidence of elder abuse and nursing home neglect.


The Centers for Disease Control has reported that more than 1 in 10 nursing home residents will develop bedsores. Bedsores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers develop over time. A nursing home has a responsibility and duty of care to prevent bedsores in patients and when they fail to do so to identify them in their early stages. Failure to do so can result in bedsores worsening. Patients with bedsores can develop other related conditions including sepsis and gangrene. Severe cases can result in wrongful death.


Bedsores are the result of the breakdown of skin and tissue from bad circulation and constant pressure. Indications of bedsores start with resembling a red irritation in the skin which left untreated become painful open sores. Patients that are bedridden or disabled are most at risk for developing bedsores; many of which are incontinent or comatose since moisture can accelerate the condition.

The six most common causes of bedsores include:

1) Leaving patients alone for extended periods of time;

2) Failure to institute or follow through with policies and procedures of turning bedridden patients;

3) Failure to change soiled diapers and clothing;

4) Failure to regularly change bed sheets and linents;

5) Inadequate hydration and nutrition;

6) Failure to regularly check for early signs of bedsores;

7) Failure to report bedsores to physicians and other healthcare facilities for treatment.\

Nursing homes must develop protocols to exercise particular protocols to insure the patients receive proper care and attention to prevent bedsores and when they occur to provide immediate medical attention to prevent the acceleration of the condition

Bedsores form when skin and tissue break down from constant pressure or bad circulation. They will start out red and irritated, and if left untreated will become painful open sores. Bedridden, disabled and comatose patients have the greatest chance for bedsores; incontinent patients may be especially susceptible, as moisture will accelerate the condition.

Nursing home patients rely upon the nursing home for care and assistance in every aspect of their lives because of their age or medical condition that resulted in their becoming residents of the home. As such, nursing homes must exercise consistent and regular care and attention to insure that patients are repositioned every few hours and to make sure that the residents have clearn and dry clothing and linens.

Nursing home abuse and neglect cases are on the rise due to the failure of Idaho nursing homes to adequately staff and train their facilities. The purpose of these cases is to expose and stop the unacceptable treatment of our elders and others who are placed in the trust and care of these facilities who are only to be neglected and cast aside resulting in significant harm and injury due to the neglect and abuse by the people extended the highest trust and care for their loved ones.


If you or a loved one have been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you should contact an experienced nursing home abuse or neglect attorney. Boise Personal Injury Trial Attorney Alan Morton has over 31 years of personal experience in helping victims of abuse or negligence seek compensation for their injuries or losses. You may reach Mr. Morton by calling 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.866.8021 or by completing our online contact form. Call or contact Mr. Morton right now! He would be happy to schedule an initial free consultation to help you better understand your legal rights and remedies.

Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer