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Society’s Share of the Cost of Bad Nursing Home Care – Big Medicare & Medicaid Bucks

Think only insurance companies pay for medical treatment associated with decubitus ulcers? Think again. A recent consumer research study reveals the following alarming nursing home abuse and hospital patient neglect facts: 75% of nursing home residents will suffer a fall at some point. In a 100 bed facility, on average, there are 100-200 falls per year. […]

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Pressure Sore Statistics

March 11, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Pressure Sores in Hospital,Ulcers   |   0 Comment

Pressure Sore Statistics (Decubitus Ulcer Stats) Pressure Sore Statistics in Hospitals and Pressure Ulcer Statistics in Nursing Homes Estimates indicate that 1 to 3 million people in the United States develop decubitus ulcers each year. The NPUAP defines prevalence as “a proportion of persons who have a pressure ulcer at a specific point in time.”Prevalence of pressure sores […]

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What is an Ischial Decubitus Ulcer?

What is a decubitus ulcer on the ischium? The ischium is the back lower portion of the hip bone. A decubitus ulcer is a breakdown in the skin, also known as a pressure sore or bedsore. In other words, ischial decubitus ulcer is medical jargon for pressure sores on a patient’s buttocks. Often times, staff […]

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Decubitus Ulcer declared a “Never Event” in Healthcare

Decubitus Ulcers should “never” occur Decubitus ulcers (bedsores) have been determined to be a “never event” in hospitals and nursing homes. This means they should never occur and can be prevented. Most Never Events are very rare. A recent study estimated that a healthcare providers may have a “never event” of wrong-site surgery once every […]

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Pressure Sore Prevention Plan implemented in Hospitals

Decubitus Ulcer Prevention Chart in Hospitals Decubitus ulcers in hospitals are a no no. American hospitals recently implemented the chart on the left in an effort to prevent pressure sores. The pressure sore flow chart diagram offers insight into the steps a hospital nurse or doctor should take to prevent bedsores in hospital patients. The […]

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Decubitus Ulcers in Hospitals

Decubitus ulcers form in elderly hospital patients when they are neglected for days at a time. This is a major problem in American hospitals. This article analyzes a recent government study into the real costs that pressure sores have on our health system. Bedsores are more than just hazardous to the patient’s health, they also […]

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$3 million Decubitus Ulcer Lawsuit Verdict in Florida

Edmond Cody sued his home healthcare agency for negligently allowing him to develop decubitus ulcers. The jury was shown 3 blown up photographs of the gruesome bedsore which led to a giant $3 million verdict against the home health agency and home health aide.   Decubitus ulcer photographs, like the one below, are crucial in […]

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New York Jury Awards $14.5 Million in Pressure Sore Lawsuit Against Hospital

A New York State returned a verdict for $14,500,000.00 for the Plaintiff against a Westchester County Hospital in Carelli v. Westchester County Health Care Corp. The pressure sore lawsuit involved the hospital’s absolute neglect of their patient who, in turn, developed awful pressure sores. The failure to monitor the patient resulted in skin breakdown (decubitus […]

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Why bring a nursing home neglect lawsuit?

Why sue a nursing home for that bedsore on your father’s buttocks? The bottom line is that nursing home owners care about the bottom line. The days of mom and pop owned nursing homes are gone. More commonly, these nursing homes are part of a large national chain of nursing homes that are focused only […]

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My Dad has Pressure Sores… Now What???

Pressure sores in nursing homes and hospitals are preventable. So what do you do when you see that your loved one has a decubitus ulcer (aka bedsore or pressure sore)? 1. Document the injury Take photographs of the decubitus ulcer with your phone or a camera. Make sure to document the wound’s progression. Wounds start […]

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Decubitus Ulcer Information

Synopsis: Another great resource on decubitus ulcers, or pressure sores. Includes preventative measures for avoiding decubitus ulcers. Should be done by all care professionals in charge of patients who are at risk. “Bedsores, Decubitus Ulcer : Definition, Causes, Symptoms, Prevent And Treatment Friday, July 6th 2012. | Skin, Hair and Nails Decubitus Ulcer Definition Pressure […]

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Rise in MRSA infections due to bedsores

January 18, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Decubitus Ulcer in Hospital,Infected Pressure Sore,Pressure Sores in Hospital   |   0 Comment

Synopsis: A rise in MRSA, viruses untreatable by antibiotics, is partially due to the rise in untreated decubitus ulcers, or pressure sores. These bedsores allow an easy access point for MRSA to be contracted. “More New Zealanders are contracting the antibiotic resistant superbug MRSA. But the number of people catching a lesser known bug, ESBL, […]

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