Nursing Home Abuse Infographic

Nursing Home Infographic


 

Nursing Home Abuse Infographic Content Summary

The population of people over 65 went from 35,919,174 in 2003 to 43,145,356 in 2012.

However, there were 15652 Nursing Homes in 2012.  A decrease from 16380 in 2003.

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/CertificationandComplianc/downloads/nursinghomedatacompendium_508.pdf

In 2012, 35% of nursing home residents complained of “Pain within the Past 5 days”. Delete from text

16.6% reported a fall since they were admitted or since the most recent assessment.

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/CertificationandComplianc/downloads/nursinghomedatacompendium_508.pdf

Other Signs of Abuse or Neglect:

  •     Physical injury from falls
  •     Malnutrition or dehydration
  •     Bed sores, pressure ulcers
  •     Gangrene
  •     Aspiration pneumonia
  •     Over-sedation
  •     Poor medical care
  •     Medication mistakes
  •     Lack of supervision
  •     Property theft
  •     Abandonment
  •     Ineffective equipment
  •     Sexual assault
  •     Coercion
  •     Physical or mental abuse
  •     Poor Hygiene
  •     Bruises
  •     Fractures
  •     Urinary Tract Infections
  •     Sepsis
  •     Wrongful death

Bed sores are among the most serious medical conditions that occur at nursing homes, and the rate of pressure ulcers in nursing home patients is often a quality-care indicator.  Indeed, many nursing homes residents across the country may suffer from elder neglect, as anywhere between 2 percent and 28 percent of nursing home residents currently suffer from bed sores.

  •     Stage 1: a persistent redness in the skin;
  •     Stage 2: loss of partial thickness of the skin, which can look like an abrasion, a blister, or a shallow crater;
  •     Stage 3: loss of full thickness of the skin, which usually looks like a deep crater; and
  •     Stage 4: loss of full thickness of the skin such that muscles or bones are exposed.

How often are nursing home residents diagnosed with a bed sore?  Based on data collected by the CDC, more than 10 percent of nursing home residents have suffered from a pressure ulcer.  Of those patients, about half of those diagnosed had Stage 2 bed sores.  Some other significant facts and figures include:

Age is a factor: nursing home residents who were aged 64 years and younger actually were more likely than older residents to be diagnosed with bed sores.

Time in nursing home matters: residents who were at a nursing home for one year or less were more likely than long-term residents to be diagnosed with a pressure ulcer.

Weight loss may be a sign: about 20 percent of nursing home residents with recent weight loss also had a bed sore

More than one-third of all nursing home residents with bed sores rated as “Stage 2” or higher required “special wound care services.”

Source: https://www.injurylawyer.com/practice-areas/personal-injury/abuse/nursing-home-abuse-attorneys/

Resources:

Checklist for assessing Nursing Homes:

http://medicare.gov/NursingHomeCompare/checklist.pdf