Bed sores, which are also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and decubitus ulcers, usually occur when a person is inactive, such as during a hospital or nursing home stay. If a patient is unable to get out of bed and increase circulation and is not routinely repositioned or turned by medical staff, then bones that protrude from the skeleton may place too much pressure on the skin in areas like the spine, sacrum, hips and heels (the parts of the body that transfer weight to a wheelchair or bed). Other common areas where bed sores may occur include the scrotum, the back of the head, and the elbows. If left untreated, bed sores can cause sepsis and result in death.
Bed sores are staged by severity:
- Stage One: Skin is discolored, blistered or red (lasting more than 30 minutes), but is not broken.
- Stage Two: Top layer of skin is cracked or broken, accompanied by a shallow ulcer that may drain fluid.
- Stage Three: Top two layers of skin are cracked or broken, with an ulcer that extends into the subcutaneous fat and tissue with fluid drainage.
- Stage Four: Deep ulcer extending into the muscle or to the bone, accompanied by dead tissue.
- immobility (confinement to bed or wheelchair);
- loss of bladder and bowel control;
- advanced age;
- compromised vascular system.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice cases due to or arising out of bed sores. If you or a loved one develop a bed sore during a hospital or nursing home stay, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
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