Our nursing home neglect lawyers regularly file lawsuits against Michigan nursing homes for patients who suffer from osteomyelitis caused by pressure sores and bed sores while living at the facility. Many residents are at jeopardy for developing pressures sores due to a number of medical conditions, so it is vital that the Michigan nursing home takes all essential and proper measures to prevent them from occurring. When residents are properly cared for and monitored, pressure sores are completely preventable.
What Is Osteomyelitis?
When bacteria cause an infection in the bone, osteomyelitis develops. In fact, the occurrence of osteomyelitis in full-thickness pressure ulcers and bed sores ranges from 17% to 32%.
In stage 4 severe pressure sores and bed sores the bacteria enters the body through the open wound and attacks the bone. After the bone becomes infected, enzymes are released that restrict the body’s ability to heal. When left untreated osteomyelitis can spread into the bone marrow and surrounding joints, leading to further medical complications, such as amputation or even death.
Symptoms of Osteomyelitis
Acute osteomyelitis develops rapidly over a period of seven to ten days. The symptoms for acute and chronic osteomyelitis are very similar and include:
- Fever, irritability, fatigue
- Tenderness and swelling around the affected bone
- Lost range of motion
Figuring out if a person has osteomyelitis can be difficult. Doctors rely on X-rays, blood tests, and bone scans. They also need to determine the type of organism, typically bacteria, causing the infection so they can prescribe the right medication..
Treatment focuses on stopping infection and preserving as much function as possible. Most people with osteomyelitis are treated with antibiotics, surgery, or both.
Antibiotics help bring the infection under control and often make it possible to avoid surgery. People with osteomyelitis usually get antibiotics for several weeks through an IV and then switch to a pill form.
More serious or chronic osteomyelitis requires surgery to remove the infected tissue and bone. Osteomyelitis surgery prevents the infection from spreading further or getting so bad that amputation is the only remaining option.
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Contact Your Michigan Nursing Home Osteomyelitis Pressure Sores Attorney Today
Nursing homes can be negligent if they do not properly assess the patient for the likelihood of developing a pressure sore, if they do not turn the patient on a regular schedule or do not bathe the patient on a regular schedule, and finally, if they do not properly treat the patient after the diagnosis of a pressure sore.
Michigan nursing home residents who develop pressure sores in skilled nursing care facilities or in other medical care facilities have the legal right to compensation for those injuries. Pressure sores cause significant pain and discomfort and often require extensive treatment, including surgery. To learn more about the legal rights of a nursing home patient who develops a pressure sore in a nursing home, you should contact our nursing home neglect lawyers today. Call us now at (800) 606-1717! You can also fill in the Get Help Now box on his page and press “Click To Send.” We will contact you shortly and begin working on your case immediately!