Bedsores are a serious condition afflicting the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes. Typically, a bedsore is an open and infected wound at the buttocks or lower back. It is caused where the patient is left immoble in bed and is not moved or turned.
If a family member has suffered from bedsores due to negligent care, please call me at 800-581-1434.
Bedsores are also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers. A bedsore is an infected ulcer to the skin caused when a patient is not moved or turned. This is an affliction of the elderly who cannot care for themselves. A bedsore can occur where a patient is not moved or turned in bed so that there is some relief to the pressure points at the hips, tailbone, heels, or elbows. An immobile patient should be turned about every 2 hours. Otherwise, circulation will be impaired at the pressure point, and a bedsore will result.
We have handled bedsore cases. In one case a hospital discharged the patient with a raging bedsore. The bedsore developed while the patient was hospitalized. The family did not know how to handle the gaping and stinking wound in their mother’s buttocks. The hospital merely told the family to change the bandages regularly. When the family realized that they could not treat this infection they took their mother back to the hospital. In the malpractice case the hospital denied responsibility for causing the bedsore, but it accepted blame for prematurely discharging the elder with a raging pressure ulcer. The hospital settled for $250,000.
If a loved one has been injured by bedsore, please call me at 800-581-1434 for a consultation.
Mark E. Seitelman, 1/26/09, www.seitelman.com.