If you have pressure sores, there are many different things you can do to treat them: (1) you can prevent them from spreading to other parts of your body by regularly repositioning and cleaning yourself, changing pillows, replacing linens, and elevating your bed. (2) you can constantly clean and redress the affected areas to reduce the chances of infection. (3) you can seek medical attention for surgery to remove the dead skin through a procedure known as debridement.
What Options Are There If I Am Suffering From Pressure Sores?
Pressure sores can sap the spirit and energy out of those it affects. When they do pop up on the elderly or infirm, their loved ones want to know what they can to help. Here are some common solutions:
- HYGENE: Keeping the skin and body clean is essential after someone develops pressure sores. If the sore has not ripped open yet, clean the wound site with soap and water then dry it thoroughly. Also, take care to ensure that all blankets, pillows, clothes, and other items near the person are cleaned all times.
- DIETARY: A healthy diet is critical to fight pressure sores and ensure they don’t spread. In consultation with your doctor, craft a diet that includes all necessary minerals, vitamins, and other essential nutrients.
- PRESCRIPTION: In certain situations, medications might be required to address your pressure sores. They can help fight infections, swelling, and other issues. Typically, doctors prescribe some combination of antibiotics, supplements, and pain killers.
- SURGICAL: Doctors might need to perform surgery if your pressure sores have advanced to a critical state. The goals of surgery normally are to reduce nutrient loss and infections as well as to repair the damaged skin. How the procedure is performed depends on your particular injury.
- POSITIONING: Repositioning is important for patients suffering from pressure sores. How often they need to be repositioned depends on the person’s environment. Patients in beds should be moved every hour or two. Those in wheelchairs should be repositioned more than that.
Can A Nursing Home Lawyer Help Me If I Have Pressure Sores?
If you have pressure sores, there are many professionals and people that can assist you. In the medical field, nurses, doctors, and surgeons can help you craft a care plan that addresses every aspect of your health. Social workers, dietitians, and therapists can work with you to raise your quality of life. Lawyers can fight for your rights in court. As you can see, there are many resources and persons at your disposal if you suffer from pressure sores.
What Can I Obtain In Court If I Have Pressure Sores?
How much can I get in court? This oft-repeated line begins a lot of discussions that we have with clients affected by pressure sores in Illinois. Normally, plaintiffs in these cases recover for their out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, and any death costs that occur. However, every bed sore incident is unique and your recovery will reflect the entire nature in which you were harmed.
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Still Concerned About Your Pressure Sores?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has helped individuals and families in Illinois and other states get better and move on from pressure sore injuries. This normally involves healthcare, legal, and other issues. For all of them, we can give you expert guidance for free until you are satisfied with the case outcome. To learn more about how we can do this for you, call our offices and speak with a representative of the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers.
For additional information see the following pages:
- Are Pressure Sores Fatal?
- Why Do Pressure Sores Develop?
- How do I Spot Pressure Sores Before They Develop?
- How Much Are Bed Sore Cases Worth?
- Pressure Sore Statistics
- What Are Pressure Sores?
- What Can I do If I Have Been a Victim of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse?
- What Responsibilities do Health Care Facilities Have to Prevent Bed Sores?