Pressure sores pose serious risks often leading to infection
Pressure sores, also known as pressure ulcers, happen when a patient’s skin is left in contact with a bed for a long period of time. Elderly patients in care homes are often most at risk, as well as patients who are immobile, those with pre-existing skin conditions, or who are diabetic.
Pressure sores are painful and can have serious consequences including infection which can lead to death, and they are often the result of medical negligence from care home staff, NHS employees or private carers.
Should pressure sores be preventable?
All patients who are admitted into healthcare, whether it’s private or NHS care, are assessed for whether they are more likely to suffer from pressure sores.
Healthcare staff working with patients who are at risk of pressure sores are instructed to:
- Regularly move their patients and provide adequate beds – according to the NHS, bed-ridden patients should be moved at least once every two hours, while patients in wheelchairs should change their position at least once every 15-30 minutes.
- Perform routine checks of patients who are known to be at risk of developing pressure sores, including looking for darkened areas of skin which suggests a sore may develop.
If you or your loved one were not treated properly in accordance with that assessment, you may have been a victim of medical negligence.
Contact us for free medical negligence advice
If you’ve suffered from a pressure sore or ulcer and you think it’s someone else’s fault, the chances are you may be able to make a no win no fee claim. Call us today on 0800 540 4258 free of charge to discuss your options and, if you’re eligible, start your medical negligence claim.
You can also call us on behalf of a loved one, such as an elderly relative who has developed a pressure sore after care home negligence.