The Hidden Epidemic of Bedsores

November 21, 2012 Uncategorized

PRESS RELEASE – 21st November 2012

  • Have you or someone you know recently been in hospital?
  • Has a pressure sore developed during that stay, or shortly after discharge?

You may think that bedsores (also known as pressure sores or ulcers) are just an unfortunate risk of a stay in hospital. This is not the case. In the vast majority of cases bedsores can easily be prevented – which makes the fact that around half a million patients in the UK develop bedsores each year such a truly shocking statistic.

The condition has been labelled “the hidden epidemic” for a very good reason!

How do bedsores occur?

Bedsores develop when an area of skin is subjected to pressure which causes the oxygen supply to the tissues to drop and tissue damage to occur. The cause of the pressure is usually a patient remaining in the same position for an extended period of time. The damage to the tissue results in the skin breaking down and an open sore developing. The sore can then go on to become infected.

In this day and age, nobody should acquire a bedsore in hospital – it demonstrates a lack of basic care. With proper attention and treatment, bedsores should be avoidable. Well-recognised guidelines exist for the management of patients who are at risk of developing bedsores and, as long as they are followed, it is only in the rarest of cases that bedsores should develop.

What problems do bedsores cause?

Anyone who has suffered from a bedsore will know how very painful and unpleasant the condition can be. Depending on the area of the body affected – commonly the heel or the base of the spine (sacrum) and buttocks – mobility can be affected. If the sore becomes infected, unpleasant discharge can occur and there is the risk of the infection spreading to the bloodstream. In the most extreme cases, septicaemia and death can result. It can take many months of diligent nursing care to bring about healing of a bedsore.

What can be done?

If you, or someone you know, is suffering from a bedsore, you should seek legal advice NOW, to assist you in obtaining compensation for the effects of the bedsore on everyday life, and to help with any treatment which may be required.

Who can help?

It is important you choose an experienced solicitor with the correct expertise in dealing with the kind of injury you have suffered. Curtis Legal Ltd, based in Monmouth, understand your needs and can get you the correct compensation to help you regain your independence, health and financial lifestyle. A call to them will mean you speak to a medically qualified legal practitioner who can advise you on your potential claim.

Call Curtis Legal Ltd straight away on 08000 845 048 and let them do their utmost to help you,

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