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May 13th 2013

Medical Negligence

BBC Investigation Reveals Alarming Trend In Bed Sores

Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Joint Head of Clinical Negligence

BBC Investigation Reveals Alarming Trend In Bed Sores

It’s traumatic enough to see a loved one in hospital particularly if they’re frail and elderly.

It’s traumatic enough to see a loved one in hospital particularly if they’re frail and elderly.

But it’s even more upsetting to then discover that because they’ve not received appropriate treatment, they’ve developed pressure sores – or bed sores as they’re also commonly known.

Sadly, this is an all too common occurrence.

An investigation by the BBC’s Inside Out programme recently revealed that out of 12,000 serious incidents reported across England in the NHS, more than 40% related to bed sores.

With appropriate nursing care this could be easily avoided.

Pressure sores occur because of the failure to turn patients on a regular basis to relieve pressure on areas such as the heels or sacrum.  Research shows that 95% of pressure sores can be avoided through regular assessment and turning patients when required.

Some may be only small sores but others can be open wounds that can lead to serious complications which, if left untreated, can even lead to the need for plastic surgery or even amputation.

At Neil Hudgell Solicitors, we’ve a wealth of experience in dealing with compensation claims for pressure sores involving patients in hospitals and nursing and care homes.

As a specialist firm, we have vast experience of dealing with this type of claim involving patients staying in hospitals, nursing and care homes.

Because of our experience in dealing with this type of claim we know the documentation that should be within the records. These cases often turn upon the documentation and it’s important you have an expert on your side that can properly interpret and analyse those records.

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