Preventing Pressure Ulcers
Pressure ulcers cause a lot of pain and can be unpleasant, upsetting and challenging to treat. They are also preventable if the correct care is given. Therefore, healthcare professionals use a range of techniques that are designed to prevent pressure ulcers developing in the first place. These include:
- Regularly changing a person’s position
- Using equipment, such as specially designed mattresses and cushions, to protect vulnerable parts of the body
- By leaving a patient lying in the same position for a long period of time the risk of bedsores developing significantly increases
The majority of bedsores – also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers – occur in the elderly who have thinner skin and are more likely to be in nursing care. However anyone can develop bedsores, especially those with underlying health problems such as diabetes.
It is the caregiver’s responsibility to ensure that anyone at risk of developing bedsores receives the proper care to prevent the condition occurring. If they do not assess the risk of bedsores properly and you or a loved one goes on to develop bedsores while in their care, you may have a case to claim compensation. Unfortunately, even with the highest standards of clinical care, it is not always possible to prevent pressure ulcers in particularly vulnerable people.
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