There are number of seemingly simple steps for the prevention of hospital acquired pressure sores (more commonly referred to as bedsores). It is essential that these steps be followed to protect innocent patients. Failure to prevent serious bedsores is medical malpractice.
It it estimated that 60,000 patients each year die from hospital acquired bedsores. The problem has reached epidemic levels. There is absolutely no reason for this nor are there any excuses for hospitals allowing them to occur.
In fact, serious pressure sores (Stage III and Stage IV) have been classified as “never events” in hospital care. Medicare will no longer pay hospitals for complications or additional care associated with them.
While 60,000 deaths occur each year, one might be surprised to learn that only 17,000 lawsuits are brought on these each year. This may seem like a lot of lawsuits but when viewed in light of the high rate of wrongful death associated with them, it seems like a pittance.
This is particularly so when one considers that for every wrongful death, there are countless serious personal injuries associated with hospital acquired bedsores. In fact, it is estimated that 2.5 million patients each year are affected by pressure sores.
In short, there is a lot of medical malpractice occurring with respect to the “never event” of pressure sores. After all, “never event” means it should never occur yet it is does in mass.
If you or a loved one is in a hospital and suffers any level of immobility, it is important to make sure protective measures are taken. These are fairly straightforward and the basics have been set out by the Journal for Healthcare Quality. Be alert and be insistent that these simple measures are followed. I
In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death related to bedsores, seek the guidance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney right away. There are unique rules and deadlines associated with medical malpractice claims in New Mexico. It is extremely important to understand and abide by those rules.
Collins & Collins, P.C. can help in cases of serious injury or wrongful death resulting from medical malpractice. We can be reached at (505) 242-5958.