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 first place.
Initially on admission and whenever a patient`s condition changes the healthcare professional should carry out a risk assessment to determine the patients risk of developing a pressure sore.
A care plan needs to be put in place to prevent pressure sores developing which should include provision for regular turning and the use of specialist pressure relieving equipment such as mattresses and cushions.
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.