How Poor Hygiene in Nursing Homes Can Lead to Pressure Sores

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How Poor Hygiene in Nursing Homes Can Lead to Pressure Sores

You know, we often associate nursing homes with the comfort and specialized care they’re supposed to provide. However, not all facilities are created equal, and there’s an unsettling side to this story—poor hygiene practices. You might not think it at first, but poor hygiene is a catalyst for pressure sores. The question is, how do these seemingly unrelated issues connect?

The Unspoken Reality: Hygiene Issues in Nursing Homes

Inadequate staffing, lack of training, and sometimes just plain negligence can lead to subpar hygiene standards. While it’s a grim topic, it’s one that needs urgent attention. Poor hygiene sets the stage for a host of problems, and at the top of that list are pressure sores.

The Infection Connection

When hygiene is poor, the risk of infection skyrockets. Infections can accelerate the development of pressure sores and also make existing sores worse. Infected skin is weaker and more susceptible to breakdown under pressure. Let’s be honest, in a setting where hygiene is not maintained, even a minor sore can quickly turn into a full-blown wound.

Moisture and Skin Integrity

Poor hygiene often means inadequate care in keeping the skin dry. Excessive moisture from sweat, urine, or feces can make the skin more fragile. What does fragile skin do? You guessed it—it succumbs more easily to pressure, increasing the risk of sores. Moisture control is hygiene 101, and its absence can be catastrophic in this context.

Dirty Linens and Bacteria: A Dangerous Duo

You’d be shocked at how crucial clean bedding is in preventing pressure sores. Dirty or soiled linens can harbor bacteria, increasing infection risks. They can also create friction against the skin, exacerbating pressure points and making existing sores worse. Honestly, it’s not rocket science; it’s basic care that’s being overlooked.



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Sanga Turnbull is the founder and principal attorney at The Turnbull Law Firm, a Florida law firm helping personal injury victims in Winter Haven and Orlando recover compensation for harm done to them by the negligence of others. The comprehensive personal injury practice at The Turnbull Firm includes all manner of motor vehicle accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse, slip and fall, workplace and industrial accidents, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and more. Injury victims or their families are invited to call The Turnbull Firm for a no-cost, confidential consultation about any potential claims they may have.