Bed and/or Chair Rest + Neglect = Bedsores
Article by Brian A. Raphan. Published 3/17/15 in ‘THE DOCTOR WEIGHS IN’
When a patient develops pressure ulcers, it is often a sign of neglect and can even be the result of hospital malpractice, nurse malpractice or nursing home negligence.
Any time a patient is confined to a bed or chair for a period of time and not provided proper and adequate care, the risk of pressure ulcers increases.
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) defines a pressure ulcer as a “localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear.” Illustrations of the stages of pressure ulcers are shown below:
Sadly, pressure ulcers are the underlying cause of mortality and morbidity for several thou