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Should A Pressure Ulcer Develop on a Patient in a Hospital?

Published on Jul 7, 2016 at 1:48 pm in bedsores, decubitus ulcer, hosptial malpractice, Medical Malpractice, never event, Pressure Ulcer, skin breakdown, Uncategorized.

In almost all instances, pressure ulcers (sometimes referred to as bedsores or decubitus ulcers or pressure injuries) should NOT develop on a patient in a hospital. Many patients who lose mobility due to coma or stroke or medication, no matter their age, can be at risk of a pressure injury on their bony prominences, such as their coccyx (tailbone), heels, or elbows. Failure to properly reposition a patient, as required by the applicable standard care, can lead to debilitating pressure ulcers. Nutrition, hydration and proper skin assessment by nurses are also important in preventing pressure ulcers. Patients and families should be aware that typically a patient should be repositioned every two hours if lying down, or if sitting up in a chair, the patient should be repositioned every hour. The seated position puts more pressure on the area around the coccyx (tailbone) increasing risk for skin breakdown. Pressure ulcers are serious injuries that should be prevented and avoided.

Client Prevails against Hospital in Pressure Ulcer Case

Published on Jul 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm in bedsores, Medical Malpractice, nursing home negligence, pressure ulcers, Uncategorized.

Will Bond and Neil Chamberlin, McMath Woods partners, recently represented a 76 year old gentleman against a Northwest Arkansas hospital. The client had developed a Stage IV pressure ulcer (commonly referred to as a bedsore) on his coccyx during his hospital stay. The hospital denied any negligence. The case was tried to a jury in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas in May of 2014. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the client for 1.5 million dollars. The hospital has filed a notice of appeal. The pressure ulcer had caused the client significant damages including forcing him to have a colostomy and a procedure to cover the wound on his coccyx commonly referred to as “flap” surgery.

Stage IV Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers)

Published on Feb 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm in bedsores, pressure ulcers, Uncategorized, wound care.

Pressure Ulcers remain a significant health issue affecting around 3 million adults. Pressure ulcer prevention should be an important focus of any hospital or nursing home staff. The prevention of pressure ulcers has been a heatlhcare concern for many, many years. “In fact, Florence Nightingale in 1859 wrote ‘If he has a bedsore, it is generally not the fault of the disease, but of the nursing.’” Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, Chapter 12, Courtney H. Lyder, Elizabeth Ayello.
Loved ones who develop pressure ulcers, particularly Stage IV can have very difficult times with recovery and wound care. The pressure ulcers can be prevented.
Surprisingly, incidence of pressure ulcers (commonly referred to as bedsores) is typically higher in acute care hospitals than it is long term care facilities such as nursing homes.

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