Bed sores, pressure wounds and decubitus ulcers are preventable with proper care. Nursing homes must have care plans in place which detail how often to turn or assist in repositioning residents who need assistance. Once wounds form, they must be properly and timely treated with medications, creams, and devices like heel protectors. The failure to properly treat bed sores, pressure wounds and decubitus ulcers can result in severe pain, loss of skin, infection, sepsis and many times, amputation. Please call the elder abuse and nursing home negligence attorneys at Gibson Lewis if you or a loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence.