Treatment of Bedsores
Video: Bedsore information you need to know.
What to do: There are many factors to consider when it comes to treatment of Bedsores, Pressure Ulcers or Pressure Sores. First and foremost is to relieve pressure from the wounded area and seek the best medical attention from a qualified doctor who can identify the stage the wound is in.
Stage 1 and Stage 2 sores may heal within several weeks to months with conservative care and managing the risk factors according to the Mayo Clinic.
Stage 3 and Stage 4 sores are more difficult to treat. For a person who has a terminal illness or chronic medical conditions bedsore and pressure sore treatment may focus primarily on managing pain rather than complete healing.
From antibiotics, deriding the ulcer, ointments to prevent infection and stimulate cell growth, occlusive dressings, a wound vac, negative pressure wound therapy and skin grafts or surgery. Remember, it is important that you keep pressure off the wound even in the early stages and seek the best medical advice from a doctor and wound specialist as quickly as you can. It is best to keep the wound from getting infected and entering a serious, life-threatening stage.
Bedsores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers can progress very rapidly and cause additional complications beyond the breakdown of skin tissue. Quick response, evaluation, and treatment is necessary.
If you feel your loved one has fallen victim to such a situation you may have a valid lawsuit.
FREE Online Evaluator : You can use our Case Evaluator to assess your bed sore or pressure sore lawsuit. Hospitals, Nursing home facilities and their staff have a legal and moral responsibility to provide proper care to patients. This includes trying to avoid pressure sores, promptly identifying when bed sores or wounds have surfaced, and properly treating the bed sores to keep them from getting worse, becoming infected, or leading to other serious health problems and possibly death.
Helpful Legal Tips:
Take note of the response you get from the hospital. Are they trying to deny responsibility?
Write down their comments and question when they noticed the bedsores and what they have done to treat the sore or prevent further damage.
Take pictures: As bedsores can progress rapidly. They will prove useful if you have a valid bedsore lawsuit. If it is awkward for you to do in front of someone else, wait for them to leave the room. To find out your legal options call us for a free consultation. A bedsore lawyer will review your case for no cost. If we litigate a bedsore lawsuit for you there is no fee unless we win you a large settlement! All calls are confidential.
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If you feel the Bedsores are from neglect while at a hospital or nursing home you may have a lawsuit. Speak to a bedsore law firm that can help you or your loved one get the financial compensation and justice you deserve.
Bedsores can be painful and deadly.
There are federal and local laws in place to protect you.
Bedsores are often a sign of neglect and can be the result of hospital malpractice, nurse malpractice or nursing home negligence. Unfortunately they are common in New York health facilities, but it is simply not acceptable that they should happen while a person is at a facility in the care of professionals. Laws are in place to protect you. Call us today and one of our bedsore attorneys will see if you may be eligible for a large financial settlement. All calls are confidential. And all information is free.
Read my articles about Bed Sores:
Stages of Bedsores. There are several stages of bedsores. When in the care of others any stage is unacceptable. Click here to view stages and more information. Please use discretion in viewing, the following images are illustrations, as photographs may be upsetting and difficult to look at.
Check for bedsores when you visit:
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, hospital or other care facility, check that person's skin condition and general care every time you visit.
If you notice any sign of bedsores or neglect, alert the nursing staff and attending physician or nursing home director immediately. Be persistent, because if the administration and staff are slow to respond your loved one could develop life threatening bedsores. Start by alleviating contact pressure from the wound. Nursing staff, doctors or hospital administrators must respond if you suspect bedsores or pressure sores. Do what is best for the bedsore patient, not what is easiest for the hospital or nursing staff.
If you are not getting a satisfactory response from the nursing home or hospital, seek your own medical doctor or wound care specialist. If surgery, debridement or wound care is needed it is important to continue to get the best treatment regardless of what stage your lawsuit may be in. Also, if you are currently involved in a bedsore lawsuit it is important not to settle a claim until after your surgery or bedsore treatment.
Do not be persuaded by nursing home staff or feel pressure to settle before bedsore surgery.
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