Our Michigan medical neglect attorneys represent patients and nursing home residents who have suffered a pressure sores (also called pressure ulcers) while in the care of a medical facility or a home care agency. Because many patients are at risk for developing pressures sores due to a number of medical conditions, it is imperative that the facility take all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent them from occurring. When proper care, monitoring, and treatment are not provided, these sores can become serious and tunnel all the way to the bone.
Several types of treatment are available to patients who develop pressure sores. The type of treatment primarily depends on the stage of the pressure ulcer and the other medical conditions of the patient. Initially, the patient is often treated with conservative wound care, medications, and changing of dressings.
If there is not a favorable response to that treatment, physicians then often attempt debridement. Debridement is aimed at removing all devitalized tissue that serves as a reservoir for ongoing bacterial contamination and possible infection. More extensive debridement is generally performed in the operating room, while minor debridement is often done at bedside.
When these more conservative approaches to pressure sore treatment fail, the next step is to perform a flap surgery to cover the sore with skin from another area of the body. This is generally performed by a general surgeon with experience and expertise in wound care surgery. Prior to the closure of the wound at the end of surgery, drains are often placed in the bed of the wound to drain any fluid away from the wound to avoid future complication.
Hospital patients and nursing home patients who develop pressure sores do have legal rights against their medical providers for the neglectful care and treatment. When a patient undergoes flap surgery for the condition, the damages are often significant. In addition to the pain and disfigurement associated with the surgery, the medical expenses related to that treatment are often significant. To learn more about the legal rights of a patient who undergoes flap surgery for a pressure sore, you should contact our pressure sore lawyers (link to bed sore sore page) today.
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