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Preventing Pressure Ulcers

 

Pressure ulcers cause a lot of pain and can be unpleasant, upsetting and challenging to treat. They are also preventable if the correct care is given. Therefore, healthcare professionals use a range of techniques that are designed to prevent pressure ulcers developing in the firstplace. These include:

Regularly changing a person’s position

Using equipment, such as specially designed mattresses and cushions, to protect vulnerable parts of the body

By leaving a patient lying in the same position for a long period of time the risk of bedsores developing significantly increases.

The majority of bedsores – also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers – occur in the elderly who have thinner skin and are more likely to be in nursing care. However anyone can develop bedsores, especially those with underlying health problems such as diabetes.

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 the risk of bedsores properly and you or a loved one goes on to develop bedsores while in their care, you may have a case to claim compensation. Unfortunately, even with the highest standards of clinical care, it is not always possible to prevent pressure ulcers in particularly vulnerable people.

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Client Testimonials

  • Mrs A suffered a grade 3/4 sacral pressure sore which developed within hours of her being given an epidural injection during childbirth. The sore took months to heal and we obtained a damages award for Mrs A in excess of £40,000

  • Mrs B deceased suffered a grade 2 sacral pressure sore whilst being cared for in a nursing home. The pressure sore was not the cause of death but caused discomfort during the last few weeks of her life. We secured a damages award payable to the next of kin in excess of £7,000

  • Mrs C suffered a grade 4 pressure sore resulting in major tissue loss and mobility complications. The pressure sore healed following extensive treatment but damages claimed were in excess of £100,000