The problem with pressure ulcers is they can develop very quickly. The standard of care for a resident who is already identified as someone who can easily develop a pressure ulcer says you have to be turned and repositioned every two hours – that’s just two hours. That’s all it takes to start to develop a pressure ulcer.
If someone is totally immobile that means that all through the night somebody has to turn and reposition them. During the day somebody has to get them up, down, they have to move around. If they’re in a wheelchair they have to be re-positioned so that blood flow can go back to the tissue that actually dies from the pressure. The importance of this repositioning, turning and repositioning, can’t be overstated because people develop massive infections and they die from these ulcers. They can come from nowhere and unexpectedly.
Don Fann works with Kelley | Uustal and represents individuals who have been neglected and abused at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida.