Pressure sores can come in many different shapes and sizes but there are ways to spot them before they become too serious including the following:
- Check their most common places: the hips, heels, waist, and other bony body parts.
- Look out for certain colors. Red tends to signify that an area is inflamed and that can be from pressure sores.
- Note different temperatures across your body. If an area is affected with sores, it could feel warmer than other sections of the person.
- Inspect the body for texture. Pressure sores tend to cause callouses and blisters so finding those can help you spot a pressure sore.
Are Pressure Sores That Serious?
Yes. Pressure sores (or bed sores and decubitus ulcers as they are also known) can be very serious, even life-threatening. Therefore, it is important to take proper precautions to prevent them, curtain them, and treat them if they do form on your body. Common effects of pressure sores are infections, bone damage, and even cancer. Yet, there are many other serious issues and conditions associated with pressure sores.
Who Is Responsible For Preventing Bed Sores?
Many institutions have an affirmative duty to prevent the formation of bed sores on your body. This obligation arises from various state and federal laws. Nursing homes need to create and implement procedures to stop bed sores from injuring their residents. Hospitals and doctors must see to it that bed sores don’t form while patients are under their care. Even nurses and doctors that visit you might have a responsibility to curtail their growth. There are others who should help you fight this illness but these are the most important players.
What Can I Do To Fight Bed Sores?
A number of clients ask us what they can do to fight the spread of bed sores. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- To the extent possible, routinely give yourself an examination to check for signs of bed sores. Some indicators associated with this condition are irregular skin colors, temperatures, and textures.
- Ask your health care providers what their policies and procedures are to curb the growth of pressure sores. Then, follow up to see if they are going through with these policies and procedures.
- Speak to your family and friends about the issue of bed sores. This will help them note anything they see on you and alert you to any concerns that they have.
- Consult your personal physician about any plans or medications you should be on to fight the threat of bed sores. He or she will be able to craft a specific plan to your specific health needs.
Let Our Team Help. We Can Spot Every Bed Sore Issue.
Many clients ask us how they can stop pressure sores from spreading but the best way to do that is to prevent them from ever forming in the first place. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers helps people across Illinois identify ways to block the emergence of pressures sores all over their bodies. We can do that for you and help you if they already have. Contact our offices and someone from the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can walk you through all of the medical and legal dimensions of pressure sore incidents.
For additional information see the following pages:
- Are Pressure Sores Fatal?
- How Can I Treat Pressure Sores?
- Why Do Pressure Sores 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?