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Pressure Ulcers, Bedsores and Patient Safety

Published on Aug 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm in Uncategorized.

It is believed that more than 2.5 million Americans suffer from pressure ulcers, sometimes commonly referred to by patients as bedsores.  Medicare estimated that in 2007, each pressure ulcer added $43,180 to the costs of a hospital stay.

Pressure ulcers are a huge concern for our elderly being treated in acute care hospitals and nursing homes.  As far back as 1859, it was noted that bedsores were generally not the fault of disease, but the quality of care.

Development of pressure ulcers can be caused by negligence and neglect, and the development of any pressure ulcer must be taken seriously by the medical care providers.

McMath Woods is currently handling pressure ulcer cases involving acute care and long term care facilities.

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