Bedsores, Pressure Ulcers, Pressure Sores…

A Hidden Epidemic in Hospitals and Nursing Homes – Affecting 10,000′s Every Year in the UK.

Pressure sores, also known as bedsores or decubitus ulcers, are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin. Bedsores most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, ankles, buttocks and to the base of the spine.

People most at risk of bedsores are those with a medical condition that limits their ability to change positions or those who spend most of their time in a bed or chair. Anyone who has restricted mobility can be at risk.

Bedsores can develop very quickly. Most sores heal with treatment, but some never heal completely and can lead to other complications such as sepsis or septicemia.

Pressure sores are preventable with proper risk assessment and nursing care. Essentially, when people are entrusted with the care of those who lack the mobility to move themselves shirk their responsibilities, then the immobile run the risk of developing pressure ulcers.

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 and address the risk of bedsores properly and you or a loved one goes on to develop bedsores whilst in their care, you may have a case to claim compensation.

Unfortunately approximately 1 in 20 people who are admitted to hospital with an acute (sudden) illness will develop a pressure ulcer and most of us will know at least one family member or friend who has suffered from this painful, and potentially life threatening condition.

Pressure ulcers are a widespread and often underestimated health problem in the UK.

Stages of Pressure Sores

Pressure Ulcers are categorised into 4 stages of severity:

Grade 1 – reddened skin which persists for more than 30 minutes after pressure has been relieved.
Grade 2 – superficial skin damage. May present as a blister or as an abrasion.
Grade 3 – full thickness skin loss not extending to bone or muscle. This grade is not usually painful.
Grade 4 – full thickness skin loss with extensive tissue damage through muscle and bone.

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

To make a claim contact us by either completing our Claim Form or call us on 0800 214 216 – we have helped over 10,000 make successful injury claims over the past 15 years and are specialist Personal Injury & Medical Negligence Solicitors.

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