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Relatives should check for signs of pressure sores on loved ones

Given around 95 per cent of both pressure sores and bed sores are easily preventable through appropriate mobility checks (simply ensuring a patient’s position is changed regularly enough to prevent sores developing), it is disappointing that we receive enquiries on behalf of so many patients who have suffered such injuries.

However, whilst we justifiably expect nurses and doctors to prevent such avoidable conditions from developing through poor care, we can also play a role as relatives by being aware of the signs of treatment and care not reaching the standards it should.

Reddened areas of skin which feel tender to touch can often be an early indication of a patient being left in the same position too long, and the onset of sores developing.

Heels, ankles, the spine, buttocks and shoulders are all areas of the body which are most susceptible to developing sores, so it is worth checking those areas should you have a relative in care whose movement is restricted in any way.

At Hudgell Solicitors, as experts in handling cases of medical negligence, we see far too many cases involving bed and pressure sores. They are a serious, painful condition which can develop into more serious infections, such as blood poisoning or gangrene.

We have seen cases ranging from simple soreness of skin and discomfort to extensive underlying tissue damage and destruction, which require immediate surgery.

These cases serve as a reminder to relatives to be aware and alert, and ensure they raise any concerns with nursing staff immediately.

If you feel those concerns are not being listened to, and still feel your loved one is not receiving the care they should, then seek further advice and support immediately.

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