BED SORES ATTORNEYS
Protecting the Rights of Neglected Patients.
Bedsores, otherwise known as decubitus ulcers or pressure sores, are painful open flesh wounds, which are caused by lying or sitting in the same position for too long. A combination of a person’s body weight and a lack of blood circulation cause sores to develop in different areas such as on the lower back, buttocks, hips, and thighs. These wounds are highly susceptible to infection if not treated and if left untreated can become fatal, especially for elderly patients and those with health issues and compromised immune systems. Our Bed Sores Attorneys in Jacksonville, FL will hold caregivers accountable for their negligence.
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THE STAGES OF BEDSORES
Bedsores Are Common
In the United States, more than 150,000 patients and nursing home residents experience the pain of bedsores every year. Studies have shown that 26% of patients in nursing homes have reported bedsores of varying levels during their care. The number of hospital patients with pressure sores rose by 63% from 1993-2003, with 9% of patients who are admitted to hospital suffering from bed sores within 2 weeks of admission.
It’s crucial both residents and patients in care are looked after properly to ensure that bedsores don’t develop. Older adults should be turned every 2-3 hours to prevent ulcers from developing. In fact, a landmark nursing study resulted in the gold standard of turning patients every two hours. If you find that your health care provider is not administering an appropriate level of care, be sure to get in touch with Edwards & Ragatz to take action.
The Impact Of Bed Sores On Mortality Rates
Bedsores have a significant impact on the mortality rate in patients admitted to hospital and nursing care facilities. Studies have shown that of 3,000 people who were admitted to hospital with a pressure sore, 16.7% developed at least one new sore. It was found that patients with a bedsore were 2.8 times more likely to die in hospital. The studies also showed that the mortality rate of patients with a bedsore was vastly increased compared with a patient without a bedsore at a rate of 9.1% to 1.8%.