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Decubitus Ulcer Photos – Stage 1 through Stage 4

April 28, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   decubitus ulcer photos,Stages of Pressure Sores   |   0 Comment

Decubitus ulcers are graded from Stage 1 (the smallest decubitus ulcer) to Stage 4 (the most severe decubitus ulcer). Photos of decubitus ulcers are necessary in order to understand the difference between a Stage 4 decubitus ulcer and a Stage 3 decubitus ulcer. The below decubitus ulcer staging chart has 4 photos; each representing a […]

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Nursing Home; Decubitus Ulcer Neglect Expected to Grow in Future

March 24, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Nursing Home Neglect : Decubitus Ulcer   |   0 Comment

Decubitus Ulcers / Nursing Home Neglect Expected to Grow in Future A recent study indicates that nursing home neglect is expected to rise in the future. As corporate owned nursing homes continue to put their profits over patient care, there is no stopping of nursing home neglect. Nursing home neglect should not be taken lightly. […]

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ICD 9 Decubitus Ulcer Codes

March 10, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Decubitus Ulcer - Death,Decubitus Ulcer in Hospital,Decubitus Ulcer Lawsuit   |   0 Comment

DECUBITUS ULCER ICD 9 CODES ICD-9-CM codes are used in medical billing and coding to describe diseases, injuries, symptoms and conditions (like decubitus ulcers). ICD-9-CM 707.00 is the base billing code for decubitus ulcers (pressure sores).  The following medical billing ICD 9 codes are specific to decubitus ulcers and their locations on the patient’s body: […]

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Debridement of Decubitus Ulcers

March 07, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Treatment of Decubitus Ulcers   |   0 Comment

Types of Decubitus Ulcer Debridements The following are different types of decubitus ulcer debridement options for nursing home residents or hospital patients suffering with bedsores: Autolytic debridement of Decubitus Ulcers Lysis of necrotic tissue by the body’s white blood cells and enzymes. Maintains the healthy skin tissue underneath or around the pressure ulcer This option […]

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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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Prevention of Decubitus Ulcers

How to Prevent Pressure Sores A recent US Dept. of Health and Human Services article lists methods to prevent decubitus ulcers in hospital patients and nursing home residents. The government study collected differing studies and isolated the areas of agreement in decubitus ulcer prevention and treatment of decubitus ulcers. Areas of Agreement Between Differing Researchers […]

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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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Repositioning in Wheelchair Prevents Pressure Sores

Nursing home / hospital staff are required to turn and reposition patients in wheelchairs. Recently, the Mayo Clinic came out with tips on how to prevent pressure sores in wheelchair-bound patients. These helpful tips can prevent skin breakdown and avoid decubitus ulcer infection (what is a decubitus ulcer?) Here are the preventative steps to stop […]

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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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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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$2 million dollars awarded to victim of decubitus ulcers / pressure sores

In the case against a nursing home for bedsores, a Palm Beach County jury awards almost $2 million to widow of a victim of pressure sores that were developed in a nursing home due to neglect: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/jury-awards-widow-nearly-2-million-for-husbands-20/nTBgB/#cmComments

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Debridement of Decubitus Ulcer Wounds Using Carbon Dioxide Laser Debridement

February 11, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Ulcers   |   0 Comment

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1355784/ Interesting article discussing the benefits of laser debridement of pressure sores (decubitus ulcers) using carbon dioxide, followed by an immediate skin flap closure. The wound care surgeon’s article also has pictures of the various stages of decubitus ulcer, both before and after surgical debridement

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“Paper thin skin” leads to Pressure Sores??

February 07, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Ulcers   |   0 Comment

We hear this in bedsore lawsuits all the time — the patient had “paper thin skin” and this is why they developed pressure sores. This is a cop out excuse by the corporate-run nursing homes. If a hospital patient or nursing home resident has “paper thin skin”, they should receive extra pressure relief. This focused […]

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What is a Pressure Sore (Decubitus Ulcer)?

February 05, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Ulcers   |   0 Comment

A decubitus ulcer (or pressure sore or bedsore) is a wound that develops when a person puts pressure on an area of their skin for an extended amount of time. Most people are able to shift their position and relieve the pressure on their skin. However, many nursing home and hospital patients are unable to […]

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How much is my Decubitus Ulcer case worth?

February 04, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized   |   0 Comment

This is a tough question to answer. To determine the true value of a pressure sore lawsuit, you need to consult a nursing home neglect attorney. Fill out the information to the right and a nursing home neglect lawyer will get back to you promptly. Factors that matter in determining how much a bedsore case […]

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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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Pressure Ulcer Category/Staging Illustrations

January 21, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Pressure Sore Photographs,Stages of Pressure Sores   |   0 Comment

Synopsis: Great resource for illustrating the different stages of decubitus ulcers, or pressure sores. This resource has great illustrations on the categories of bed sores. Original from http://www.npuap.org/resources/educational-and-clinical-resources/pressure-ulcer-categorystaging-illustrations/ For more information and photographs on the stages of decubitus ulcer sores, click here.

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Dingwall care home and GP criticized over woman’s death

January 20, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Decubitus Ulcer - Death,Infected Pressure Sore,Ulcers   |   0 Comment

Synopsis: An 87 year old woman’s death was due to preventable decubitus ulcers, or pressure sores. The flesh had rotted away down to the bone because of the bed sores, according to the police report. The nursing home will be held liable for their negligence. “A care home and local GP practice have been criticised […]

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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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