Pressure sores are alterations that occur due to prolonged pressure being applied to the same body part, causing a disruption in the blood supply. Typically, they affect the least mobile, less active and elderly population, but they can affect anybody who sustains pressure to the same area for a long period of time.
According to the Mayo Clinic, pressure sores can be avoided with appropriate care. This includes ensuring positional changes are taking place and providing equipment such as specialized cushions, mattresses and beds. It is also essential to make sure that nutritional requirements are maintained. The other signs of pressure sores can be discolorations to key areas such as heels, elbows, ears, spine, and coccyx.
This pressure could be very serious. According to WebMD, pressure sores can lead to life-threatening complications such as poisoning septicemia, bone poisoning and osteomyelitis. The impact could be devastating. This can lead to death, serious injury, long time sickness, and vulnerability to further pressure sores in the future.
You or your loved one may be concerned about the treatment received. You may need to make medical negligence claims, including those involving pressure ulcers. For example, an elderly resident of a care home may suffer Grade 4 pressure ulcers, which are the most severe, leading to infection of the spine and ultimately leading to his death.
Information that can be obtained that would be beneficial to the claim will be photographic evidence of the wounds as they developed over a period of time, along with key dates of the events. Anybody thinking about making a claim should start collecting this information and also include certified medical assessments.