In what circumstances will a nursing home or hospital be negligent for a resident suffering a bedsore or pressure ulcer?
Nursing Home and hospital residents very often develop bed sores or pressure ulcers, these can be the unavoidable result of a medical condition but sadly all too often they are actually caused by poor care or negligence. But how will a relative or friend know when their loved one is suffering a bed sore unnecessarily? This is a frequently asked question in our long experience of dealing with many bed sore claims.
The first thing to note is that the failure of the staff to provide the very basic care that is required to prevent bed sores or pressure ulcers is in itself worthy of investigation.
The basic position is that if a resident enters a nursing home or hospital without pressure ulcers then they should not develop them unless they are clinically unavoidable (caused by a medical condition).
This means that staff have a responsibility to prevent them developing and should in most cases be able to do so, if not then questions should be asked.
If Pressure Ulcers or Bed Sores are discovered what should the nursing home or hospital do?
A Nursing home or a hopsital has not only the responsibility to ensure that pressure sores do not occur but also to manage them if they do- this means a positive responsibility to promote healing and prevent infection. If infection does occur a question must be asked by any concerned relative as to why this has happened.
What is the proper procedure to manage pressure sores?
Once discovered a proper nursing regime should be implemented to regularly change dressings, apply nutritional supplements and use pressure reducing devices (including special beds in severe cases). Please see our page on what is the best treatment for bed sores for further information
If you are concerned about any relative or friend in a nursing home or hospital who has suffered a bed sore or pressure ulcer please contact us for further advice on what to do.