When someone develops a pressure ulcer (or bed sore) they are customarily already dealing with a serious medical issue for which they are receiving care. Pressure sores typically happen to people who are confined to their bed or a wheelchair. The last thing they need is a painful, potentially dangerous condition which is both difficult to treat and preventable.
What are Pressure Sores?
Pressure sores can develop on people of any age, whether an infant, adult or aged. The problem can happen while they are in a hospital, a care home or their own residence. A serious pressure sore doesn’t occur overnight, but over a period of inadequate care. The first symptoms of a developing problem, however, can appear quickly.
The skin and the tissues beneath the skin are damaged from prolonged pressure, appearing most often on the tailbone, hips, heels and ankles. Frequent position changes prevent this. When someone cannot change position on their own, their caregiver is responsible for shifting their position.
A vigilant caregiver should become aware of a problem very quickly so that it can be treated. If a bed sore has progressed to the stage where it is an open wound or skin ulcer when it is first discovered, the patient has not been receiving proper care and has suffered from medical negligence.
The Four Stages of Pressure Sores
Stage 1: Unbroken and slightly discolored skin that feels slightly painful and is warmer or cooler than surrounding skin
Stage 2: A shallow wound that resembles a fluid-filled or ruptured blister
Stage 3: A deep wound that extends beyond the initial sore and underneath surrounding healthy skin
Stage 4: Severe tissue loss, exposing bone, muscles or tendons; the wound is discoloured and crusty, with damage to adjacent skin and underlying tissue
Pressure sores are so prevalent that NHS instituted complete and very clear guidelines for caregivers in an attempt to address this problem. Unfortunately, pressure sores continue to be a problem. At win wales, we charge no fee for our services unless we win your case and you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
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