Blacks in nursing homes have higher risk of sores

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From Reuters

Black nursing home residents are more likely than white residents to develop blisters and sores that can eventually lead to muscle and bone damage, according to a new study.

The findings suggest the disparities are mostly the result of differences in care between homes with predominantly black or white patients — and not that individual nursing homes are necessarily providing better care to whites than blacks, researchers said.

“In general, nursing homes are lacking appropriate resources,” said study author Yue Li, from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. In homes with more black patients, “the problems are particularly pronounced.”

For preventing the blisters and sores, known as pressure ulcers, having enough nurses to keep a close watch on patients may be particularly important, according to the researchers.

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