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Decubitus Ulcer/ Pressure Sores

Pressure sores are a serious health risk to any nursing home resident. Pressure sores have the ability to cause infection, sepsis, osteomyelitis, and death. Pursuant to the federal regulations every nursing home resident must be assessed upon admission for current and future skin breakdown. A care plan detailing interventions to treat and/or prevent pressure sores must be in the chart. A common defense to pressure sore claims is that the sore was unavoidable despite proper care. Consideration of the nursing home resident’s chart, past medical history, and the circumstances of the formation of the pressure sore is essential to determining whether there is a meritorious claim.