All infections, including gangrene, in the elderly must be taken extremely seriously. Gangrene occurs when body tissue dies and infection sets in.  It spreads and can lead to amputation and death.

Did Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Lead to Infection?

Gangrene and other infections are sometimes associated with negligent or abusive nursing home care. Infection may stem from an untreated illness or a pressure sore.  If bedridden patients are not turned, repositioned, and supported, bedsores may result.

Bedsores are Often Preventable

You’ve likely heard the term “bedsore.”

  • In a medical report, a bedsore or pressure sore may be called a “decubitus ulcer” or a “dermal ulcer.”
  • Bedsores are often preventable with proper care and attention.
  • Neglect is often the cause of bedsores and their resulting infection, including gangrene.
  • Bedsores commonly develop on the heels, hip, lower back, and tailbone.  They can develop in other places as well such as the spine, ankles, head, knees, and shoulders.

Symptoms of Infection

Bedsores can lead to:

  • Pain
  • Tissue death
  • Infections
  • Gangrene
  • Sepsis
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Shock
  • Hypotension
  • Mental disorientation
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Rapid respiratory rate
  • Hospitalization
  • Amputation
  • Death

What You Should Do if Your Loved One Develops a Bedsore

If your loved one develops a bedsore(s), take action immediately:

  • Make sure your loved one is receiving appropriate wound care for the existing bedsore.
  • If your loved one cannot easily move on her own, ensure she is receiving appropriate care, including regular repositioning and support, to prevent future bedsores.
  • If you suspect nursing home negligence or abuse, consult with a qualified personal injury attorney.