Pressure sores can be very serious indeed. They often lead to infection and take a long time to heal.
In a recent case BLB acted for a young lady having her first baby in hospital. Prior to having an epidural her back was cleaned with Chlorhexidine solution which pooled in a dressing she was sat on. Unfortunately her position on the bed was not changed and the dressing was left in situ for some considerable time. As a consequence her skin integrity was not checked and she was later discovered to have suffered significant burns to her buttocks.
These types of injurys often occur because a patient is left in bed for a prolonged period of time and not turned. They can also be caused when a plaster cast is fitted incorrectly following a fracture. Skin integrity is key and should be regularly reviewed. Indeed when a patient is admitted to hospital a formal Waterlow assessment should be made to establish whether there is any risk of a pressure sore developing. The risk is greater amongst the elderly, ill, immobile and those suffering from diabetes or circulatory problems.
If you have suffered an injury similar to the one suffered by our client or have a family member you are concerned about, call today to find out how we can help.