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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,” a part-public,…

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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 by the…

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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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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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The Dirty Secret About Pressure Sores: An Infographic

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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 to…

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Can a hospital be pursued for medical malpractice when a patient develops bed sores during a hospitalization?

Some hospitals have forgotten that they have a duty to both tend to their patients' acute condition as well as their overall medical care needs.  As the largest organ in the body, hospitals must remember to take care of the patient’s skin.  When skin care goes ignored, hospital patients are…

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Can young people develop bed sores during an admission to a medical facility?

Absolutely.  Bed sores are not a condition isolated to the elderly.  In many circumstances, younger patients in nursing homes and hospitals face many of the same risk factors that their contemporaries encounter: remaining in one position for extended periods of time, being kept in soiled linens for extended periods and…

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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 pressure sores are…

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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 there…

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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 bed…

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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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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, 2006,…

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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 central…

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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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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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Why are patients recovering from a hip fracture susceptible to develop pressure ulcers?

Almost 45% of patients recovering from a hip fracture will develop some type of pressure ulcer (similarly referred to as: bed sore, pressure sore or decubitus ulcer) during their recovery. The primary areas where patients recovering from a hip fracture develop pressure ulcers are on their hips (usually the non-operated…

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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 patient care, bed…

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What are some common defenses used by nursing homes and hospitals in lawsuits involving pressure sores?

While most pressure sore cases may appear to be the result of negligence and complete disregard for the medical needs of a patient--- and any resulting claim would want to speedily resolved by the facility.  The fact remains that many cases involving the development of a pressure sore (similarly referred…

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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 performed on the…

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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 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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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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Why is it important to differentiate the type of facility where a bed sore developed?

The first step in evaluating a bed sore case, is to determine when at what type of facility the bed sore developed.  Aside from obviously knowing which facility to pursue a claim or lawsuit against, knowing how the facility is legally categorized is essential to a successful recovery. Legal classification…

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How many hospital patients suffer from bed sores?

One of the largest studies regarding bed sores in a hospital setting was carried out by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  The report concluded that hospitalizations for bed sores (also called decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers, pressure sores) have increased by more than 80% from 1993 to 2006.  This increase…

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What can hospitals do to reduce the rate of bed sores in their facilities?

In order for hospitals to reduce the rate of bed sores (also commonly referred to as: pressure ulcers, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers), the facility first must acknowledge that bed sores acquired in a hospital setting are a real problem. Hospital administrators should take note of the program implemented by…

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Are hospital patients prone to develop bed sores?

Patients in hospitals encounter many of the same problems as nursing home patients.  Although most commonly associated with nursing homes, patients in hospitals and rehab facilities are particularly susceptible to bed sores because many facilities focus on acute medical conditions and fail to address patients daily living needs.  Many hospitals…

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