Pressure sore & ulcer compensation claims
As many nursing professionals and carers are aware, pressure sores or injuries involve damage to surface areas of skin and, in some cases, internal tissue. Caused by friction or bodyweight over a sustained period, pressure injuries tend to develop relatively quickly when individuals are sedentary. In bed-bound patients, terms such as bedsores and lying down ulcers also refer to the characteristic skin discolouration and associated discomfort.
Although pressure sores take time to heal and can be debilitating, their prevention is relatively straightforward. Good nursing is vital; every patient with reduced mobility needs to have a preventive care and nursing plan.
Unfortunately, however, when the skin is subject to prolonged contact and a consequent restriction in blood flow, the risks increase. Read on to discover how to prevent pressure sores, recognise the symptoms and obtain further support and professional advice if necessary.
Preventing Pressure Sores
Because pressure injuries are notoriously difficult to treat, especially in elderly patients, the emphasis has to be on prevention rather than cure. Daily skincare, a healthy diet, adequate hydration and regular changes of posture or position are essential. Those parts of the body that are at particular risk include thin, delicate skin over areas of bone such as the elbows, the heels, the back of the head and the tailbone (coccyx).
Supportive devices and lifestyle changes, where necessary, will help to improve and maintain skin quality. Crucially, patients at high risk of pressure sores need to have routine nursing assessments.