WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa., Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Reports from the Philadelphia Inquirer and CBS—regarding the Bucks County nurses strike over staffing shortages and the bracing of understaffed Philadelphia healthcare workers for a daunting new wave of COVID-19 patients—raises the question of how staffing issues during the continued coronavirus pandemic impacts care for elderly Philadelphia nursing home residents. A recent Associated Press article reveals that, as COVID care swamps workers in understaffed nursing homes, non-COVID residents are neglected. According to Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorney Brian P. Murphy, as basic care and attention is withdrawn from vulnerable residents due to overwhelmed staff, many of the effects of nursing home neglect are primed to increase, bed sores among them.
Also known as pressure ulcers, bed sores develop on immobile residents' skin when they are left too long in one position by care workers.
"Bed sores are entirely preventable," says Murphy. "Regular repositioning, hygiene maintenance, and adequate hydration and nutrition are paramount for preventing the development and the severity of pressure ulcers."
In addition to referencing the troubling emergence of bed sores, the AP article cites how staffing shortages and the crisis of a pandemic create the perfect storm for other harbingers of nursing home neglect to appear, including malnutrition, dehydration, and poor hygiene; these in turn can lead to infections, septic shock, and death.
Family members of Philadelphia nursing home residents who become aware that their loved one has developed pressure ulcers—or shows other signs of neglect that amount to nursing home abuse—need to reach out to a trusted Philadelphia bed sore attorney, says Murphy. As a seasoned Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorney, Murphy has several years' experience litigating bed sore and nursing home neglect cases.
"Now, more than ever," says Murphy, "it's important that Philadelphia nursing homes take every step necessary to provide top quality care for their residents."
About The Law Offices of Brian P. Murphy
Established in 2015, The Law Offices of Brian P. Murphy helps victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in Philadelphia/Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Brian P. Murphy holds long-term care and nursing facilities responsible for providing poor quality care, as evidenced by the incidence of bed sores, falls, and other injuries. He has presented several lectures and written multiple law articles and legal guides on nursing home abuse and the effective litigation of neglect and abuse cases. For more information please contact Brian P. Murphy directly at (215) 579-8500, or visit http://www.thenursinghomeattorneys.com.
Brian Murphy, Esq., The Law Firm of Brian P. Murphy, PC, 215-579-8500, [email protected]
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