Pressure ulcers are injuries to a person’s skin and/or underlying tissue as the result of sustained pressure, friction, or shear on the victim’s skin. These types of injuries are commonly referred to bedsores, and the profound implications for victims may include extensive surgical procedures or possibly even death.
For the friends and families of pressure ulcer victims, these injuries are extremely frustrating because they are entirely preventable with proper care. The most common victims include the elderly and other people who are confined to wheelchairs.
If you or your loved one suffered pressure ulcers because of a nursing home, hospital, or other caregiver’s neglect, you could be entitled to compensation for the injuries. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter fights to get justice for clients all over Central Florida, including communities in Brevard County, Orange County, Volusia County, Seminole County, Indian River County, and Osceola County.
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The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is a professional organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of these types of injuries. The NPUAP has established the following four stages of bedsores:
Pressure ulcers most often occur when there is prolonged pressure against a victim’s skin. The sustained pressure limits blood flow to the skin and nearby tissues.
People who are bedridden or confined to wheelchairs are some of the most frequent victims of bedsores. Some of the areas that are the most common sites of pressure ulcers include the following:
A nursing home, hospital, or other types of caregiver may be liable for these injuries if a victim suffered bedsores because of a failure to take adequate prevention steps. Some examples of negligent care may include, but are not limited to the following:
It may take several months for a pressure ulcer to heal—assuming that the injury can be treated. In certain cases, the effects of bedsores can prove to be fatal if the victim suffers kidney failure or amyloidosis.
In addition to very expensive costs of treating pressure ulcers, these injuries also have the potential to cause extended, possibly lifelong periods of pain for victims. Some of the complications of bedsore may include, but are not limited to the following:
National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) — The mission of the NPUAP is to serve “as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research.” You can learn more about the organization on this website which features various position statements, white papers, and supports surface standards. You can also learn about upcoming events, recent press releases, and policy initiatives.
Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides this February 2009 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data brief that uses data from the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey. Some of the key findings in this study concluded that more than 1 in 10 nursing home residents in the United States having pressure ulcers, Stage II pressure ulcers being the most common, and residents of nursing homes for a year or less being more likely to have pressure ulcers than those with longer stays.
Did you or your loved one recently sustain a pressure ulcer because of a hospital or nursing home’s negligence? The Law Offices of James B. Coulter helps patients, nursing home residents, and the families of bedsore victims all over Central Florida with personal injury and wrongful death cases involving these kinds of injuries.
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