Study: Most Decubitus Ulcers in Hospitals go Unreported

More Than Half of All Decubitus Ulcers Go Unreported When Developed in a Hospital

Would you report a decubitus ulcer (bedsore or pressure sore) if you noticed one on your loved one in a hospital? Most of the time, decubitus ulcers in hospitals are unreported, according to a recent study published by the New York Times.

A recent Medicare study, published in the NYT reveals that only 1 in 7 medical errors in the hospital get reported. Included in these adverse incidents were medication errors, wrong surgical site errors and decubitus ulcers (bedsores) in the hospital.

Decubitus ulcers rarely get reported in hospitals. Family members should report the patient neglect immediately

Decubitus ulcers rarely get reported in hospitals. Family members should report the patient neglect immediately.

Many hospital employees are afraid to admit mistakes due to administrative action within the hospital. In response to the growing number of unreported decubitus ulcers in hospitals, Medicare developed a list of “reported adverse events” which include hospital decubitus ulcers. The aim of this Medicare list is to prevent decubitus ulcers in the hospital.

Even more frightening is the lack of response from corporate-owned for-profit hospitals in response to patient decubitus ulcers:

The federal investigators did an in-depth review of 293 cases in which patients had been harmed. Forty of those cases were reported to hospital managers, and 28 were investigated by the hospitals, but only five led to changes in policies or practices, the study said.

The only way to appropriately discipline neglectful hospital staff is to bring a decubitus ulcer lawsuit. ¬†This type of lawsuit exposes the patient neglect that leads to decubitus ulcer formation in hospitals. In order to bring a decubitus ulcer lawsuit, you must consult with a decubitus ulcer lawyer to ensure that you don’t lose your right to bring the pressure sore hospital claim. Decubitus ulcer claims are subject to short statute of limitations (the time period you can bring the lawsuit) so you should not delay in speaking with a decubitus ulcer lawyer.

Please call (561) 316-7207 to speak with a qualified decubitus ulcer lawyer immediately.

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