Despite claims from the healthcare industry, bed sores and pressure ulcers are almost always preventable with competent nursing care and medical supervision.
To prevent bed sores from occurring, nurses in nursing homes or hospitals must make an assessment upon arrival of those individuals who are at heightened risk for developing pressure ulcers and create a proper plan for their care.
A care plan should include frequent rotation to prevent sitting or lying in one area for long periods. Pressure relieving air mattresses and special high nutrition diets can also be used in serious cases. Even if a proper care plan is developed, it must be implemented. If proper measures are not taken, the tragic result is the development of preventable pressure ulcers. Nursing homes and hospitals should be held legally accountable when negligence results in a patient developing a bed sore.
Factors increasing the risk for development of pressure ulcers:
- Being bedridden or in a wheelchair for long periods of time
- Fragile skin
- Having a chronic condition, such as diabetes or vascular disease, that prevents areas of the body from receiving proper blood flow
- Inability to move certain parts of your body without assistance, such as after a spinal or brain injury or if you have a neuromuscular disease
- Mental disability from conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease — the patient may not be able to properly prevent or treat pressure ulcers
- Older age
- Urinary incontinence or bowel incontinence
These conditions are not uncommon and when they exist, and as these conditions are usually picked up upon arrival or during their time in care, nursing homes and hospitals are required to take the necessary steps to prevent the development of pressure ulcers and bed sores.
Neglect is the common cause of bedsores in the UK. Our specialist team of lawyers have successfully represented individuals who developed bed sores as a result of careless hospital and nursing home negligence throughout the UK.