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Nursing Home Complaint Regarding Pressure Sores

Pressure sores are sometimes also called "pressure ulcers," "decubitus ulcers," or "bed sores," and the failure of the nursing staff to provide needed treatment is a basis for a nursing home complaint.

Federal regulations regarding pressure sores provide:

(c) Pressure sores. Based on the comprehensive assessment of a
resident, the facility must ensure that--
(1) A resident who enters the facility without pressure sores does not 
develop pressure sores unless the individual's clinical condition 
demonstrates that they were unavoidable; and
(2) A resident having pressure sores receives necessary treatment and 
services to promote healing, prevent infection and prevent new sores 
from developing.

There are two aspects to this regulation. One aspect addresses residents who do not have pressure sores; the other deals with treatment and services after the resident has a pressure sore, no matter where acquired.

The regulation provides that a resident without bed sores should not develop them unless they were unavoidable. This is a very high standard for the nursing home to meet, and requires that the staff regularly complete all of the routine prevention measures in the care plan such as frequent turning and repositioning, prompt incontinent care, and use of pressure relieving devices. There are few situations where the development of pressure sores is truly unavoidable.

Once a resident has pressure sores, it is up to the nursing home to promptly notify the resident's doctor and then provide all of the care needed to help the wound heal, keep the pressure sore from becoming infected, and developing new pressure sores.

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The submission process was easy to use and very straightforward. After submitting my complaint, I received confirmation from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health that they had received my complaint and would be investigating the nursing home.

-S.B., Filed nursing home complaint about Provena McAuley Manor in Aurora Illinois

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