There are many factors to consider when it comes to treatment of Bedsores, Pressure Sores, Decubitus Ulcers and Pressure Ulcers.
First and foremost is to relieve pressure from the wounded area and seek medical attention from a qualified doctor who can identify the stage the wound is in. According to the Mayo Clinic, Stage 1 and Stage 2 sores may heal within several weeks to months with conservative care and managing the risk factors.
Stage 3 and Stage 4 sores are more difficult to treat.
Surgery and ongoing treatment are common at this stage. In a person who has a terminal illness or chronic medical conditions bedsore treatment may focus primarily on managing pain rather than complete healing. Treatments vary from antibiotics, debriding the ulcer to remove necrotic tissue, 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 and seek the medical advice of a doctor as quickly as you can. You want to keep the wound from getting infected and entering a serious, life threatening stage. Below are useful links we have vetted for information purposes.
If you have a a loved one in a nursing home, hospital or another care facility, check that person's skin condition and general care every time you visit. If you notice any sign of bedsores (decubitus ulcers/pressure sores) 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 home facilities and their staff have a legal responsibility to provide proper care to elderly patients. This includes trying to avoid pressure sores, promptly identifying when bed sores or wounds have surfaced, and properly treating the sores to keep them from getting worse, becoming infected, or leading to other serious health problems and possibly death. Demand proper attention and the best method to stop the progression of the pressure sore. If unsure how to handle the situation you can call us for free guidance on how to speak to hospital or nursing staff. You have a right to demand attention to the wound and insist on appropriate treament in a timely manner.
If you feel your loved one has fallen victim to such a situation you may have a valid lawsuit. Bedsores are at minimum a sign of neglect and sometimes malpractice-- and you can sue! Putting the healthcare facility on notice can also get the victim better attention and care. To find out your 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 cordial and confidential.
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