Our hospital pressure sore lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. represent patients who have developed bed sores, pressure sores, and decubitus ulcers during a stay in a Michigan hospital. We have obtained significant settlements and jury verdicts in hospital pressure sore lawsuits. In cases involving death due to complications of a pressure sore, we will file a Michigan Wrongful Death Lawsuit for the surviving family members.
Identifying Pressure Sore Risk
The physicians and nursing staff at the hospital are required to determine whether a patient is at risk for developing pressure sores. This includes a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical conditions, mobility, and measures of sensation throughout the body. The medical staff should also ask both the patient and family members certain questions that will assist in determining the risk for bed sore or decubitus ulcer when the patient is discharged home from the hospital. Questions should include:
- Have you been confined to a bed, couch or chair for a long period of time? Impaired mobility is probably the most common reason patients are exposed to uninterrupted pressure.
- Do you have a caregiver, family member, or home agency that routinely cares for you? Patients without any help at home are at great risk for developing a pressure when discharged home from the hospital. Having a support is essential in the prevention of pressure ulcers. An appropriate support system can also minimize the risk of recurrence.
- Have you ever been informed about ways to reduce risk factors for pressure ulcers? Prevention is the most important factor in managing pressure ulcers and the value of identifying risk factors and educating patients and caregivers on strategies aimed at reducing these risks cannot be overstated. A patient discharged from the home and the people caring for the patient at home must be told of the ways to reduce the risk factors for pressure sores?
- Do you have access to any pressure-reducing devices? These devices can be obtained from medical supply companies and are usually inexpensive, but are critical for the treatment of severe pressure ulcers and prevention of pressure sores.
- How long have you had this wound? A patient presenting to the hospital with a pressure sore may or may not have this information. Quite often, a caregiver or family member can provide this information to the medical staff. This information is helpful in decisions regarding the aggressiveness of the treatment plan.
- Have you used any over-the-counter medications on the wound? Skin cleansers and antiseptic solutions such as iodine and hydrogen peroxide are cytotoxic to granulation tissue and may delay healing
- Have you noticed any discharge or odor coming from the wound? This is an indication of an infection and provides the doctors and nurses with information on the seriousness of the pressure ulcer and what is needed to both treat the sore and prevent it from worsening.
- How have you been feeling generally? Any fevers? Answers to these questions can provide information about infection contributory or predisposing factors.
- Do you currently have any other medical conditions? Any co-morbid medical condition that has a negative impact on wound healing, e.g. diabetes is considered to increase the risk for pressure ulcers. This information helps with determining the likelihood of developing a pressure sore in the hospital or at home.
- Do you eat well or have you lost weight recently? A patient with nutritional insufficiency such as malnutrition, hypoproteinemia, and anemia is a greater risk for developing a pressure sore. The medical staff will obtain a nutritional assessment to reduce this factor from delays in wound healing.
It is essential that all efforts are made to either prevent a pressure sore from developing in the hospital or from worsening if the patient presents to the hospital with a pressure ulcer. When a patient develops a pressure sore in the hospital or if the patient is not properly assessed or treated for this condition, it can give rise to a hospital negligence lawsuit. The injuries and damages from pressure ulcers can be severe and even lead to death.
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If you or a family member developed a bed sore, decubitus ulcer, or any other type of pressure sore while admitted to a Michigan hospital, call our medical negligence lawyers now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case. We will handle your case under our No Fee Promise, which means there are not legal fees or costs whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. There are strict time deadlines for filing case so do not delay. Call now!