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Do not Accept Bed Sores As an Inevitable Part of The Aging Process

What are bedsores?…
Bedsores are formed when a part of the body’s soft tissue, especially an area that is located on top of a bone, is pressurized against the hard surface for some time. Blood flow to the area is decreased, and an ulcer forms underneath the skin. Bedsores are

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Bed Sores Are a Serious Medical Condition That Needs To Be Handled By Medical Facilities – Not Necessarily At Home

In the early stages, bedsores are not seen as something serious. However, bedsores in elderly or immobile individuals have a tendency to progress quite quickly, and can become a serious ailment in a matter of days.…
If you or someone you are caring for is at risk for bedsores, it

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Medical Facilities Slow To Recognize How Decubitus Ulcers Impact Their Bottom Line

Pressure sores, also known as decubitus ulcers, are most commonly found amongst elderly and immobile patients. These elderly and immobile patients are most commonly found in medical facilities such as hospitals and long-term care facilities.
The nursing staff that is in charge of taking care of these elderly and immobile

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Much Easier to Prevent the Development of Pressure Sores than to Treat Them after They’ve Developed

The prevention of pressure sores is a complex issue that must be incorporated by all medical facilities. Preventing the development of pressure sores can help the patients susceptible to them live easier and less painful lives.

The Stages of Pressure Sores…

Stage I – a reversible stage, where the skin

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New Hospital Bed May Eliminate Risk of Decubitus Ulcers in Immobile Patients

The most common cause of decubitus ulcers, otherwise known as bed sores or pressure sores, is lack of mobility. If a person stays immobile in a position for too long, areas of soft tissue are under pressure for long periods of time, which can cause loss of blood circulation to …

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Infected Bed Sores May Result In Amputations

Bed sores form when a person lays immobile in the same area for long periods. The skin is pressed against the bone in the body and a hard surface, and the blood circulation to that area is reduced, at which point an ulcer is formed beneath the surface of the …

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Bed Sores Don’t Kill- Complications Do!

Bed sores most often begin as small areas of softened tissue that might be painful to touch. As they develop, they become more painful. An open wound begins to form that resembles a shallow crater, which will only get deeper as the stages progress. The further along a bed sore

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Nursing Home With History Of Patients With Bedsores Fined 350k

Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are a common ailment of nursing home patients. When diagnosed with bedsores, it is better to treat a nursing home patient adequately so that they can recover quickly. Many nursing homes have been fined for their gross neglect of their patients’ bed sore issues.…

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Nursing Home off the Hook for Paying Damages Related to Patient’s Death

The elderly are most commonly the victims of neglect and abandonment. When a family admits an elderly loved one in a nursing home, they do so with the hopes that the staff will be able to care for their loved one in a way that they are unable to do. …

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Nursing Homes Can’t Leave Immobile Patients Alone Without Risk Of Pressure Sores

Nursing homes lately have been under attack for their lack of care and management with their elderly and immobile patients. Elderly patients, particularly those who have been immobilized due to a debilitating disease, require much care and regulation. Nursing staff are trained professionals who are capable of dealing with the …

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Former Illinois Nursing Home Resident Files Lawsuit Against Facility For Development Of Bed Sores

A former resident of the Calvin Johnson Care Center in Belleville, IL is suing the facility for $100,000, according to the The Madison Record. The plaintiff, Robert McLean, claims that Calvin Johnson allowed several painful decubitus ulcers… to develop during his stay.
The Record does not state the length of

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Woman Arrested for Elder Abuse, Including Neglect of Mother’s Severe Pressure Sores

A recent story from Oklahoma City reminds me again that elder abuse is not only limited to nursing homes.
According to NewsOK.com…, police found 57-year-old Deborah Ramirez trapped in her home in June 2010, surrounded by cockroaches and suffering from five bone-deep bed sores. Her main caretaker was her

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Decubitus Ulcers Remain Deadly Problem for Hospital Patients

A recent article in Britain’s Daily Mail says that hospital-acquired bed sores continue to plague England’s National Health System in alarming numbers.
“Bed sores affected 412,000 NHS patients, and killed 4,708 people between 2003 and 2008,” the article states. The Daily Mail obtained its statistics from “Dr. Foster…,”

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Medicaid Pulls Hospital Reimbursement for “Never Events,” Including Severe Bed Sores

Medicaid has recently announced that it will no longer reimburse hospitals for “never events,” or 28 preventable conditions that should never happen in a qualified hospital. “Never events” include: falls that result in injury, catheter-related infections and severe bed sores… (also called “pressure ulcers.”)  The new rules, mandated

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Gov. Weakens Nursing Home Watchdog Program, Prompting Uproar from Consumer Advocate Groups

As a nursing home lawyer, it makes my day to see new elder care laws being passed. From my experience, I know that many senior citizens sorely need our help – both from a legal standpoint, and from society at large.
So I was disappointed to read about recent events…

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Study: Black Nursing Home Patients May Be More at Risk for Pressure Sores Than White Patients

A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that black nursing home patients might be more at risk for developing pressure sores… than white patients. Pressure sores, also called decubitus ulcers, are open wounds that could become deadly if left untreated.
The study, which analyzed

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Outpatient Surgery— Why Even Relatively Healthy Patients are at Risk for Developing Pressure Sores During Recovery

A resident of Peoria went into St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford for surgery to repair bilateral fractures in the spring of 2003. A year later, he died from complications due to pressure sores after losing the lower part of his left leg as part of the effort to keep…

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Two Families Sue Same Nursing Home, Saying Facility Caused Relatives’ Sepsis and Bed Sores

Two families have recently filed separate bed sore lawsuits against the Madison Manor nursing home in Richmond, Kentucky, saying the facility provided grossly inadequate care for their relatives.
The first lawsuit, filed May 11 by Donna Anderson, says Madison Manor let a severely infected bed sore… develop on her late

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Can the Rate of Pressure Sores be Decreased? One Hospital Says Yes and Proves It

A chain of hospitals based in St. Louis set out on a mission in 2007— eliminate any harm befalling patients that could be otherwise prevented. BJC HealthCare noticed that pressure sores accounted for roughly two thirds of the preventable conditions that occurred under the watch of their hospital staffs. While…

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Woman Acquitted for Murder Charges in Pressure Ulcer Death Case

The horrific death of an elderly California woman raises disturbing questions about who’s ultimately responsible for the care of older relatives.
When paramedics found 91-year-old Maria “Concha” Lopez in her home in December 2009, she weighed 35 pounds and was covered in her own feces and urine. She also had

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Bedsores: The Affliction of the Afflicted

Thomas Dekker called sleep “the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” However, an excess of bed rest is anything but conducive to physical well-being; it can create new problems even as a patient is trying to recuperate from others. Sometimes, people with injuries or conditions preventing them…

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Nursing Home Attorneys See Poor Prognosis for Stage Four Pressure Sore Patients

A study done by the North Texas Health Care System has revealed that patients have had a bleak outlook whenever they have developed stage four pressure sores. The data suggests that preventing bedsores from developing into stage three or four sores may be more practical than treating the sores after…

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Hospital Bed Sore Lawsuit

The New York State Supreme Court has awarded $5.4 million to a Staten Island man who suffered from severe bed sores… during a 2006 hospital stay, according to SI Live. The plaintiff, 63-year-old Robert Messina, will receive the majority of payment from the Staten Island University Hospital.
On the morning

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Nursing Home Settles Bed Sore Lawsuit For $900,000

A settlement was reached this month between Houghton Lakeview— a nursing home— the state of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services and the family of Jean Rudolph, who died in 2008 from complications due to stage four pressure sores while under the care of a Houghton Lakeview owned home.…

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Medical Malpractice Lawyers See Increase In Hospitalizations Related to Pressure Sores

Pressure sores can develop in any patient who is immobilized for a lengthy period of time, but 72% of patients who develop the sores are over 65 years of age. It is for this reason that bedsores are thought to be a medical concern for the elderly only. Anyone who…

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Nursing Home Lawyers Sees Ongoing Nursing Home Violations Related To Poor Patient Care– Including Improper Pressure Sore Care

As nursing home lawyer in Chicago who regularly represent individuals and families in lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, I am reminded on a daily basis about the ongoing problems facing patients at these facilities.  Pressure sores remain not just an inconvenience, but a serious health concern for patients in nursing…

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Lawsuit Claims Texas Assisted Living Operator Neglected Patient’s Severe Bed Sores

In Bryan, Texas, a family is suing Assisted Living Operator Rose Rodriguez for neglect, saying she ignored severe bed sores that led to a relative’s death.  According to WTAW-TV, Rodriguez is being charged with three counts of aggravated perjury, as well as felony theft. The report from WTAW did not…

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Johns Hopkins Study Gives Skin Care Tips for Preventing Bed Sores

According to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University, a daily skin care regimen might be an elderly patient’s best weapon in warding off bed sores.
Among the study’s findings, which were published on Johns Hopkins’ Web site, www.johnshopkinsmedicine.com, Johns Hopkins recommends the following preventative steps:
-  Inspect all

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Study Claims Hospitals Frequently Under-report Severe Bed Sores

A study conducted by the Las Vegas Sun found that Nevada hospitals grossly underreport incidences of advanced bed sores. The two-year study, which analyzed hospital billing data, said that 72 ulcers occurred during 2008-2009 – a 99 percent discrepancy from the one bed sore that “officially” went reported.
According

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What lab studies are significant in the pressure ulcer patient?

When a loved one has a pressure sore…, many families find themselves at  loss for interpreting blood lab work and how it relates to the treatment and progression of the wound.  Below is a explanation of the interplay between lab studies and pressure sores patients authored by John Baeke

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Patients with Paraplegia at High Risk for Developing Pressure Ulcers

A recent report from Empowher.com says elderly patients with paraplegia are especially susceptible to developing bed sores, or decubitus ulcers…. Empowher defines paraplegia as “paralysis brought on by a severe trauma to the central nervous system.” Traumas, for elderly patients, often involve strokes or falls. People with paraplegia usually

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Medical Journal Calls for Increased Use of Pressure Sore Assessment Scale

A recent study from the Ostomy Wound Management journal claims that the Braden Scale of assessment  is extremely effective in diagnosing and preventing bed sores, or decubitus ulcers…. The six-point Braden Scale, which was developed in 1987, assesses patients in the following areas: sensory perception, skin moisture, activity level, ability

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Proper Bed Sore Care Must Involve Dermatologists, Expert Says

Proper bed sore care often requires the expertise of many people. Doctors, nurses and family members all play a critical role in a patient’s healing. Sometimes, however, certain types of doctors might be especially well-suited to treat decubitus ulcers. In a recent report from Modernmedicine.com…, an Ohio doctor

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Gangrene & Osteomyelitis Cited In Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Nursing Home

The Journal Carrier reported on a recently filed Illinois lawsuit against Jacksonville Convalescent Center… involving the death of an 87-year-old man at the facility.  According to reports, the Illinois nursing home lawsuit was filed based on the poor care provided by the nursing home contributed to the patients death.
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Pressure Sores Are Needlessly Killing Nursing Home & Hospital Patients

Pressure sores (also referred to as bed sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers) are an all too common and painful problem for nursing home residents.
Most pressure sores are preventable and are caused by faulty care where the nursing home or hospital does provide adequate care to prevent and treat bed sores.  Patients vulnerable… to developing

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Bedsore Trial Will Test Families Allegations That Staff At Nursing Home Were Not Providing Adequate Care

A pending trial against Retama Manor Nursing Center (Texas) will put a families allegations of improper nursing care and poor medical charting—front and center before a jury.
The trial commenced by the family of Emilo Gonzalez, a patient with motile medical complications including: partial paralysis, anemia, seizure disorder, decreased appetite,…

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Are Bed Sores Inevitable For Obese Patients In Nursing Homes & Hospitals?

An article… published in the Las Vegas Sun, painted an unfortunately common set of circumstances; an overweight patient goes into a hospital for a medical procedure– only to acquire pressure sores during their stay.  Sure, the same scenario can (and most certainly does) occur with people of average stature, but

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Medical Facilities Are Not Doing Enough To Prevent Pressure Ulcers On Patients’ Heels

The physical make up of the foot also makes the treatment of heel pressure sores difficult for the facility and particularly disabling for the patient.  The calcaneus is the largest bone in the foot, yet covered be relatively little muscle making it particularly susceptible to damage from unrelieved pressure.
Even…

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Threat Of Stiff Fines Still Fails To Reduce Rate Of Pressure Sores At Some Nursing Homes

When nursing homes take simple, preventative steps such as: turning patients, keeping them clean, and providing adequate nutrition and hydration; they can greatly decrease the incidence of pressure sores at their facilities.  However, even though the preventative steps are well known, many nursing facilities simply fail to implement the necessary…

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Sometimes Bed Sores In A Nursing Home Patient Aren’t Discovered Until They Are Taken To A Hospital

Some of my angriest clients contact me after a loved one was transferred from a nursing home to another nursing home or hospital only to learn of serious medical problems their loved one likely acquired during their original admission.
Of course, breaking disappointing news is difficult for anyone to do.…

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Daughter Raises Questions After Father Dies from Bed Sore Complications

In Britain, the daughter of a man who died as a result of infected pressure sores… is publicly raising questions about his death.
“To know that more could and should have been done to prevent his suffering is simply unbearable,” said 32-year-old Louise Norton, in an interview with the Reading

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Two Illinois Sisters Charged With Criminal Neglect After Father Dies from Sepsis

Two women from Northbrook, Illinois are facing criminal elder abuse charges after an autopsy found that their father, Werner Bernhard, 83, died as a result of neglect.
According to a recent report in the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Bernhard’s two primary caretakers were his daughters Lisa Bernhard, 57; and Susan Bernhard,…

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Frozen-Joints Or Contractures Can Increase Patient’s Risk For Developing Bed Sores

Contractures… are a medical condition where a joint is held in a fixed position due to the shortening of a muscle or tendon due to stress exerted on the muscle or spasticity (uncontrolled muscle movement). Older patients and those with limited mobility are especially prone to develop contractures. Contractures most

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Study Says Older Hospital Patients Are at High Risk of Developing Sepsis

A recent joint study from Vanderbilt and Brown Universities found that hospital patients 65 and older have a fairly high risk of developing sepsis…, or illness caused by severe blood infection. Sepsis (also called severe sepsis, sepsis infection, and septic shock) is a potentially deadly condition that’s often caused

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Lawsuit Claims Texas Facility Ignored Patient’s Pressure Sores

In Galveston, Texas, a family is suing a Texas City-based nursing home, saying it failed to properly care for their family member’s severe pressure sores. The bed sores, the family claims, resulted in Christopher Murphy’s early death.
According to court documents, Murphy was a patient at the Hearthstone at …

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Bed Sores Continue To Plague Patients In Chicago Nursing Homes & Hospitals

Even in large metropolitan areas like Chicago, IL patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other types of senior living facilities… continue to suffer from a medical complication that has been around as long as history books have been written— bed sores.

While some facilities suggest that the development of

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Illinois Man Sues Nursing Home for Failure to Treat Mother’s Bed Sore

An Illinois man is suing the Walnut Grove Village nursing home in Grundy, Illinois, for $50,000, according to the Morris Daily Herald. The plaintiff, Dwayne Mickelson, says that the nursing home neglected and abused his mother, Ethel, on two counts.

A disabling hip fracture…

The first count alleges that Walnut

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Minnesota Caregiver Neglects Patient’s Severe Bed Sores, Leading to Amputation

From Minnesota comes a disturbing story about a PCA (personal care assistant) whose alleged neglect of a paralyzed patient’s severe bed sores resulted in the amputation of the patient’s legs.
The Granite Falls News reports that Casandra Sannerud, 26, was charged with multiple counts of Medicaid fraud on behalf of the

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South Carolina Man Charged With Elder Abuse After Mother Dies of Severe Bed Sores

A South Carolina man has been arrested and charged with elder abuse, after his mother died of complications from severebed sores, Columbia-based WLTX-TV reports.
Eddie Williams, 57, was the primary caregiver for 75-year-old Geneva Roberson, according to WLTX. On March 25, authorities found Roberson trapped in Williams’ home

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Sobering Bed Sore Statistics Regarding Prevalence, Infection & Death

A recent report from Wrongdiagnosis.com gives several alarming statistics about the incidence of bed sores, or decubitus ulcers…,  in American hospitals. Among the Web site’s findings:
-   34,319 people die annually as a result of complications from bed sores
-   474,692 bed sores occur in hospitals every year
-  

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National Institute of Health (NIH) Study Lists Bed Sore Prevention Tips

Since they were first identified in Egyptian mummies, bed sores have defied doctors’ best attempts at healing. Bed sores, or decubitus ulcers, are difficult to treat, unsightly to look at, and extremely costly, for both medical communities and society at large. A study conducted by the National Institute of Health…

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Pressure Relieving Devices May Help Reduce Rate Of Pressure Sores In Nursing Home & Hospital Patients

As a lawyer who sees a significant number of cases where nursing home or hospital patients have developed bed sores (also referred to as: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) during a short or long-term admission, I feel as though the most progress has been made with respect to…

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Study Emphasizes Importance of Good Diet in Preventing Pressure Ulcers

A study from the Australian Journal of Advanced Medicine claims that a proper diet is essential to preventing advanced pressure ulcers. The study, a collaboration between European and American nurses, found that there was a direct correlation between good nutrition… and fewer bed sores.
“Through nutritional supplements, the risk

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Federal Guidelines Suggest Specific Measures for Preventing and Treating Bed Sores

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association takes a look at federal bed sore laws enacted in 2004, and how they can help patients today. Using the laws as guideposts, the article explains in detail what hospitals and nursing homes can do to treat and…

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Doctors Say Severe Pressure Sore Wounds Should be Kept Moist

The sight of a severe pressure sore wound can be upsetting for both doctor and patient. Stage 3 and 4 pressure sores are hard to treat, …and in some cases may cause great discomfort and pain. Fortunately for patients, doctors have many sophisticated wound dressings at their disposal, several of which are

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Show Your Support For People With Bed Sores. Become A Fan Of Bed Sore FAQ On Facebook Today!

Everyday families of patients in nursing homes and hospitals across the country face a devastating discovery– that their loved one has developed a bed sore.  For most, the news comes as a shock.  After all, no one ever expects to contract bed sores during an admission to a medical facility?…

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Study Finds High Incidence of Pressure Sores in Elderly Patients with Hip Injuries

A study from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London found that elderly patients who enter hospitals with hip injuries are at a high risk of developing pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers.…
The study took place at an inner-city hospital in the East End of London. Of the 283 patients included in

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Study Gives Suggestions for Treating and Preventing Bed Sores

A study from the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine provides a far-ranging and extensive overview for treating and preventing bed sores (pressure ulcers)… in elderly patients.
Among the key points of the study:
- 95 percent of pressure ulcers occur in the lower part of the body.
- The incidence

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Texas Hospital Blamed for Patient’s Severe Bed Sore

A former patient at Beaumont’s Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital has sued two of the hospital’s doctors, claiming that they delayed treatment and caused unnecessary complications, including a stage 3 bed sore….
According to the Southeast Texas Record, Ronald Lee Phillips, Sr. was admitted to Memorial Hermann on Oct. 29,

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Pressure Sores Among Most Costly Post-Operative Injuries, Studies Say

Two recent studies published in Health Affairs indicate that post-operative pressure sores are among the most costly injuries caused by medical error, according to MedPageToday.com.
Of the ten costliest medical errors, pressure ulcers… ranked No. 2, second only to postoperative infections. Other common errors included infection due to a

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Proper “Coding” Necessary for Hospitals Receiving Bed Sore Reimbursement

The hospital chart of an elderly loved one can be a confusing morass of letters, scribbles and numbers. Yet the numeric “codes” on each person’s chart are essential to receiving proper Medicare coverage.
In a recent interview with The Hospitalist, two “documentation specialists” gave tips for understanding your loved one’s…

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California Nursing Home Abuse Case to go to Trial

A Sacramento, Calif. judge has decided that a civil suit alleging abuse at a local nursing home should go to trial,  Patch.com reports.

Death attributed to UTI…

The plaintiff, Dennis Lee Haney, said in a complaint that Eskaton Properties, Inc. was responsible for the early death of his mother, 78-year-old

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Without A Prevention Plan, All Nursing Home & Hospital Patients Remain At Risk For Developing Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are indeed preventable in the overwhelming majority of circumstances.  The key is to identify patients who are at risk quickly after their admission to a medical facility and timely– and effectively implement preventative measures such as regular pressure relief and ensuring patients remain clean and dry.
Medicare has…

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Bed Sore Prevention: Staff Must Turn & Reposition Bed-Ridden Patients At Regular Intervals

The underlying mechanics behind the development of bed sores (also called: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) is relatively simple– unrelieved pressure on the body results in restricted blood circulation and consequential lack of nutrients and oxygen to skin and tissue.  When pressure goes unrelieved for extended periods of…

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Tips for Ensuring Your Parent’s Proper Care & Prevent Complications Like Pressure Sores

If you’re an adult child of an elderly parent, you may already know that choosing a proper nursing home can be stressful. Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, nurse and author of the blog AgingParents.com…, shares some tips on how to ensure your parent will always remain safe and healthy:
-  Get to know the difference between “convalescent

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Nursing Home Admits Fault in Woman’s Death From Pressure Sores

A nursing home in Sheffield, England has admitted it was at fault in the death of a 78-year-old female patient, according to a BBC report.
Doreen Betts, who died in May, 2009, contracted sepsis after developing severe pressure sores …on her feet. Sepsis is a serious blood infection that has a

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Government Program Aims to Reduce Hospital Re-admissions From Complications Such As Pressure Ulcers

A new government program unveiled on Wednesday, April 27, will aim to reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent, according to NorthJersey.com.  The initiative, an extension of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act… passed March 23, will allot more than $1 billion to help fund “demonstration projects” over the next three years. (“Demonstration

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West Virginia Nursing Home Sued for Negligence After Patient Develops Decubitus Ulcers

The wife of a former Charleston, WV nursing home patient is suing Genesis Healthcare Corporation for an undisclosed amount, according to The West Virginia Record.
Garnet Phillips claims that her husband, George, suffered from several worsening conditions during his 13-month stay at the Valley Center Nursing Home , including dehydration…

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ManorCare Named In Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Patient Developes Pressure Sores During Nursing Home Admission

With more than 500 locations in 33 states, ManorCare remains of the largest nursing home chains in the country.  From a financial standpoint, ManorCare is clearly a very profitable operation.   In 2006, the last year its profits were disclosed, ManorCare earned $167 million from $3.6 million in sales.  In 2007,…

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Will Music Sound The Farewell Tune To Bedsores Acquired At Nursing Homes?

Bedsores are truly a horrific condition impacting nursing home patients in all demographics.  As a lawyer on the front lines of these cases, I am continually dumbfounded by the lack of basic precautions in place at many facilities to prevent these potentially deadly wounds from developing in the first place.

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As Prevalence Of Decubitus Ulcers Continues To Rise, Caregivers Seek Information From Leaders Regarding Decubitus Ulcer Research & Treatment

Originating from latin word “decumbere” meaning “to lie down”, ducubitus ulcers may develop in patients who have limited mobility and spend much of their time laying or sitting in one position for an extended period of time.  Knowing the possibility of decubitus ulcers patients in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted…

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Family Of Disabled Man File Lawsuit Against Chicago Nursing Home After He Develops Pressure Sores During Admission

The family of a man with a spina bifida has filed a lawsuit against Tower Hill Healthcare Center, alleging the facilities neglect resulted in the man’s physical injury and deterioration since he was admitted to the facility.
According to the lawsuit, the man was admitted to Sherman Hospital (a Chicagoland…

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Jury Punishes Nursing Home Where Man Develops More Than 20 Decubitus Ulcers

When people actually see the gruesome photos of rotting flesh on a person’s backside hear about the ongoing medical procedures that are necessary to heal the wound, they begin to understand the real impact of this medical condition.
Along these lines, an obviously compassionate jury awarded the family of a…

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Bed Sores Continue To Plague Nursing Home & Hospital Patients In All Demographics

Although the news regarding the horrific physical and emotional impact of bed sores (also called decubitus ulcers, pressures sores or pressure ulcers…) surely is on all respectable medical professionals radar screens, bed sores in nursing homes and hospitals continue to plague individuals in all demographics.  In order to improve

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Pressure Sores Must Be Timely Treated In Order To Maximize Chances Of Patient Recovery

Pressure sores (also known as pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers, and bed sores) are a common problem for residents of long-term care facilities.  Residents with limited mobility and other co-morbidities are at increased risk for bed sores.
In most cases, pressure sores are a preventable problem.  Pressure ulcers are a very

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Blogs & Other Web Resources For Families Seeking Information Regarding Bedsores

Bedsores have established themselves as one of the most symbolic signs of systemic neglect of patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other medical facilities.  Once thought to be an unpreventable condition that was just part of getting old, today we now see that bed sores generally be prevented with proper…

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15 Websites As A Reference Tool For Patients & Families Coping With Pressure Sores

Pressure sores may impact patients in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities or even people with limited mobility who are living at home.  Because pressure sores remain such a common problem impacting patients in all demographics, it is important to learn about pressure sore prevention, treatment and resources.  Therefore, we…

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Bed Sore Prevention May Require Nursing Homes To Obtain Pressure Relieving Devices For Their Patients

As a lawyer who sees a significant number of cases where nursing home or hospital patients have developed bed sores (also referred to as: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) during a short or long-term admission, I feel as though the most progress has been made with respect to…

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Sometimes Medical Complications, Such As Bedsores, Are Not Disclosed Until The Patient Is Seen At A Hospital

Some of my angriest clients contact me after a loved one was transferred from a nursing home to another nursing home or hospital only to learn of serious medical problems their loved one likely acquired during their original admission.
Of course, breaking disappointing news is difficult for anyone to do.…

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Four California Hospitals Fined For Delays Related Medical Errors– Including Severe Bedsores

California enacted a state law in July 2007 requiring hospitals to report “never events” (events that are never supposed to be allowed to happen).  Never events include severe bedsores (stage 3 or 4), foreign objects left inside surgical patients, surgery performed on the wrong body part, surgery

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Who Said Nursing Care Was Easy? The Prevention Of Bed Sores Requires Staff To Turn & Reposition Patients On A Reqular Basis

The underlying mechanics behind the development of bed sores (also called: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) is relatively simple– unrelieved pressure on the body results in restricted blood circulation and consequential lack of nutrients and oxygen to skin and tissue.
When pressure goes unrelieved for extended periods of…

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Avoidable Medical Errors, Such As Decubitus Ulcers, Continue To Rise In Hospitals Despite Reduction Methods

The term “never event” earned its name simply due to the fact the government determined that that the events should never happen in properly functioning hospitals.  As an added incentive for hospitals to prevent these situations from occurring, the government will not reimburse hospitals for these medical errors.  These events…

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Even Stiff Fines Can’t Force Nursing Homes To Take Necessary Steps To Prevent Pressure Ulcers

When nursing homes take simple, preventative steps such as: turning patients, keeping them clean, and providing adequate nutrition and hydration; they can greatly decrease the incidence of pressure sores (also called: bed sores, decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers) at their facilities. However, even though the preventative steps are well known,…

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Wireless Patient Monitoring Holds The Key To Better Patient Care & Possibly The Prevention Of Pressure Ulcers

Many hospitals and nursing homes suffer from understaffing.  These understaffed facilities are unable to provide the best possible care to its patients and residents.  This leads to an increased number of preventable deaths and injuries.  One possible tool to help combat this problem is the use of remote monitoring devices. 

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Who’s To Blame For Bed Sores In The Obese? Or Are They An Inevitable Part Of Being Fat?

An article published in the Las Vegas Sun, painted an unfortunately common set of circumstances; an overweight patient goes into a hospital for a medical procedure– only to acquire pressure sores during their stay.
Sure, the same scenario can (and most certainly does) occur with people of average stature, but

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Pressure Mapping System Can Help Identify Areas Of The Body Prone To Develop Pressure Sores

Pressure sores are a very serious– yet preventable problem that plagues many nursing home and hospital patients.  Now, new technology in the form of a Pressure Mapping System can help identify areas on a patient’s body that may form pressure sores.  The new technology would assist doctors in preventing bedsores

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Is $28 Million In Punitive Damages Enough To Punish A Nursing Home That Allowed Patient To Develop Infected Pressure Sores?

Well according to a California jury, the answer is ‘yes’.  $28 million is the amount of punitive damages the jury awarded in the elder abuse and wrongful death case (Sacramento Superior Court) against Colonial Healthcare of Auburn and its parent company Horizon West of Rocklin.

Infected bed …

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Simple preventative techniques can drastically reduce the rate of hospital-acquired decubitus ulcers

Though surely an unanticipated complication, hospital-acquired decubitus ulcers(also referred to as: pressure ulcers, pressure sores or bed sores) remain a tremendous problem for patients and the hospital itself.  Acknowledging the negative impact of decubitus ulcers, Texas Arlington Memorial Hospital set out to create a program to reduce the rate of…

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Nursing Home Resident Dies From Improperly Treated Pressure Sores During Short Rehab Stay

Mr. Newton K. McManus Jr. died on May 31, 2008, less than one month after being admitted to Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, an Illinois nursing home, on May 8, 2008.  Mr. McManus spent his final days in pain, suffering from pressure sores, leg ischemia… (inadequate blood flow, resulting in

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Survival rates for sepsis patients is dependent on how quickly the medical facility identifies the problem and implements treatment

Many of our nursing home negligence and medical malpractice cases involve patients who may have developed a pressure sore only to be confronted with another medical problem– sepsis.  Sepsis is a severe infection that effects the complete body.  Due to the open wounds that accompany advanced pressure sores (also called…

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Nursing home neglect and medical malpractice alleged in wrongful death case involving the development and advancement of decubitus ulcers during admission to nursing home and hospital

Philadelphia jurors have spoken in a case involving the development of decubitus ulcers during a hospitalization and deterioration during a subsequent stay at a nursing home.  Not only did they speak up, but the jurors stood up in a loud way, slapping $5 million in punitive damages on top of…

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Son blames under-staffing at nursing home for development of mother’s pressure ulcers and infection

Without a doubt, staffing is the number one predictor of the the type of care patients in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities will receive.  High-tech medical equipment and expansive medical facilities mean nothing without a team of properly trained personnel to tend to patient needs.

Under-staffing blamed for …

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New York jury awards $19m to family of man who developed advanced bed sores during nursing home admission

If you ask most people what a ‘bed sore’ is, you may get a lot of blank stares and shrugs.  Truth is, most people probably have never seen a severe bed sore.   However, when people actually see the gruesome photos of rotting flesh on a person’s backside that expose underlying…

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Problems persist in Chicago nursing home with track record of providing poor nursing care

If you’ve ever wondered just how bad life in a poorly rated nursing home is, take a look at a recent investigative article by Sam Roe of the Chicago Tribune.   Mr. Roe’s article chronicles life at Berwyn Rehabilitation Center…, a Chicago, Illinois nursing home that received one-star in

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Short-term nursing home admission results in deterioration of pressure sores and sepsis

The family of a former nursing home patient at Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation (Illinois) has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility in connection to the death of their family member.  The nursing home negligence lawsuit claims that the within a week of admission to the nursing home, the…

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Significant award made in nursing home arbitration case involving the development of advanced pressure sores and gangrene

Unlike most personal injury cases where a determination regarding the monetary damages an individual or family is entitled to receive is determined by a judge or jury, damages in an increasing number of nursing home negligence cases is now being made via an individual arbitrator or panel of arbitrators.
Many…

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Hospital patients are more likely to develop decubitus ulcers today than they were 10 years ago

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a report… on hospital-acquired decubitus ulcers that has conclusively determined that hospital patients today are more likely to develop a decubitus ulcer during their admission than their counterparts 10 years ago.  In fact, the rate of decubitus ulcers (pressure ulcers, pressure sores

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Nurse faces criminal charges after she fails to obtain medical treatment for bedsore patient

Criminal charges are expected to be filed against Virginia Munger, a CNA employed by Homewell Senior Care… (Seattle, WA), after prosecutors concluded that Munger failed provide any medical intervention for an elderly patient she was responsible for caring for.
The criminal investigation followed the bedsore-related death of an elderly home-based

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Lawsuit ensues after patient develops decubitus ulcers on back and heels during rehab stint in nursing home

An orthopedic rehabilitation patient who developed multiple decubitus ulcers on his back and heels has filed a lawsuit against the nursing home where the wounds developed.

Nursing home and management company…

The lawsuit alleges that Highland Health Care Center (Illinois) and its parent company Covenant Care Midwest failed to implement

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Research study concludes pressure ulcers continue to plague patients during hospitalizations

In the past, pressure ulcers were primarily associated with poor nursing home care.  Times have changed.  Today, pressure ulcers acquired during a hospitalization are a growing problem.  In our medical negligence group, we continue to see clients who enter a hospital for acute care, only to wind up with an

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MS patient settles pressure sore lawsuit against home health agency for $600,000

A woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) who was reliant on a home health care agency for medical assistance settled a lawsuit against the City of Seattle and Millennia home health care agency… (Washington) for $600,000.  The basis for the lawsuit was that a home health agency employee was negligent when

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Lawsuit alleges nursing home neglect contributed to patient’s decubitus ulcers

A former resident of the Virgil Calvert Nursing and Rehabilitation Center… filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the Illinois nursing home after she developed multiple decubitus ulcers during her admission.   The Illinois nursing home lawsuit alleges that decubitus ulcers she developed during her admission resulted in severe pain,

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Use visits of loved ones in nursing homes for more than social interactions—conduct your own assessment.

Visits to a loved one in a nursing home can— and should be fun and enjoyable for both the patient at the visitors.   The social interaction and stimulation provided by nursing home visitors is crucial for patients’ emotional well-being and can be a welcome diversion to mundane living situations.

Look …

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Hispanic nursing home patients are more likely to suffer from pressure ulcers

Researchers at Brown University have concluded that nursing homes with a higher percentage of Hispanic residents have higher rates of pressure ulcers than similar facilities with a predominately Caucasian population.

Review of nursing home data…

The studies’ results were based on data sourced from the National Repository of the Minimum

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The development of decubitus ulcers during a hospitalization is not just dangerous for the patient, it is simply bad business

Decubitus ulcer treatment is a big business! An estimated $1.3 billion is spent every year on wound care in the United States. In the past, hospitals were able to recover much of the expense related to pressure ulcer treatment directly from Medicare — even if the wound developed during a…

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In order to prevent pressure sores, it is important to analyze the factors that make a person susceptible to developing them.

Unfortunately, many patients in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities will develop a bed sore (similarly called: pressure sore, pressure ulcer or decubitus ulcer) at some point during their admission. When it comes to bed sore prevention, the first order of business is to determine who is at risk…

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Are bedsores completely preventable? Extremely likely.

Despite the fact that most families are reliant upon medical facilities for the care of their loved ones, I’ve noticed a stigma surrounding the development of bedsores during an admission to a nursing home or hospital.
Sure, there can be a sense of guilt when it comes to any illness…

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