Decubitus Ulcers and Peripheral Vascular Disease

What is the connection between decubitus pressure ulcers and peripheral vascular disease? Decubitus ulcers are preventable skin breakdown which lead to gaping open wounds in the skin. Decubitus ulcers  form in areas of the body exposed to pressure. For example, the buttocks, heels, sacrum and coccyx are common sites for decubitus ulcers. Pressure ulcers can form in any patient who is neglected, but patients with vascular disease are more likely to develop decubitus wounds.

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and Pressure Ulcers

Peripheral Artery Disease and Decubitus Ulcers

PVD negatively impacts circulation, but that is no excuse for bedsores

Peripheral Vascular Disease is abbreviated as PVD. Some doctors also refer to PVD as Peripheral Artery Disease, which is abbreviated as PAD. PVD/PAD are circulation disorders where the blood vessels narrow and constrict. This constriction causes circulation problems. The lack of blood flow can lead to an increased likelihood of decubitus ulcers.

Peripheral Vascular Disease and “Unavoidable” Pressure Ulcers

In light of the circulatory blood flow problems caused by peripheral vascular disease, many nursing homes and hospitals claim that pressure sores in PVD/PAD patients are ‘unavoidable.’ This is simply untrue. If a patient has peripheral arterial disease or PVD, they are known to be at a higher risk for pressure ulcers. Nurses should pay closer attention to these PVD patients and reposition them more frequently. It is not enough for nursing to claim that PVD makes the decubitus ulcer unavoidable. This is just a cop out.

If you or a loved one developed a pressure ulcer in a nursing home, ALF or hospital, contact our decubitus ulcer lawyer to learn more about your rights in pursuing a decubitus ulcer neglect case. Get the answers you deserve about how the wound formed and whether the nurses provided adequate care. Call us today at 561-316-7207 for a free case evaluation.

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