How dangerous are pressure sores, and how can they be avoided?
Pressure sores are one of the most devastating problems that exist in poor nursing home care. They can develop quickly, and they are very difficult to get rid of.
The population that is in nursing homes, to the extent they are immobile, are more susceptible. Some nursing home residents are very mobile, and the pressure ulcers don’t appear the way they do in immobile residents.
How would the installation of video cameras help with the prevention of pressure sores?
If we had the ability to see if residents are being turned and repositioned and kept clean on a regular basis, we would know how many of these pressure ulcers occur.
Very few of them are defendable. They are things that can be avoided almost all the time, but [without video cameras] you don’t know. A good caregiver is going to want video to show they did the right thing in the event of an unavoidable pressure ulcer.
Don Fann works with Kelley | Uustal and represents individuals who have been neglected and abused at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida.