Sores Pressure Ulcers Information from Aging Services of MN

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 16th August 2012
NPUAP Stage 3 Pressure Injury, Most Pressure Ulcer Injuries Are Preventable With Proper Care and Pressure Relief

NPUAP Stage 3 Pressure Injury, Most Sores Pressure Ulcers Are Preventable With Proper Care and Pressure Relief

Information About Sores Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

Information according to AHACPR most pressure ulcers can be avoided. A prevention program based on the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) guidelines resulted in a massive drop in the number of pressure ulcers in one nursing home. The program utilized a paid doctor acting as a wound consultant and focused effort on purchasing pressure support surfaces for the entire facility. Pressure ulcers are skin wounds that usually develop on bony parts of the body. They may be painful and take a long time to heal or cause other complications like skin and bone infections. Pressure ulcers occur across health care settings and are often preventable. The elderly are at greater risk of developing pressure injury ulcers due to age-related skin changes. Some of these factors include immobility, incontinence, inadequate diet, and chronic illness, altered level of consciousness, altered sensory perception, and prior history of pressure ulcers.

More Information About Sores Pressure Ulcers

Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes is a coalition-based campaign working to improve the quality of care and quality of life for those living or recuperating in America’s nursing homes. The site contains resources on pressure ulcers. Also see, Preventing Pressure Ulcers Goal. The Pressure Ulcer Clinical Practice Guideline developed by the American Medical Directors Association has been identified as one of the best clinical guidelines for this topic. The guideline incorporates staging according to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) and the revised federal SNF guidance to surveyors on pressure ulcers, which are now also called pressure injuries:
  • Identifying Risk factors;
  • Infection;
  • Pain management;
  • Treatments based on the wound characteristics; and
  • The resident’s right to refuse one or more aspects of pressure ulcer care.Pressure Ulcer Staging Guidelines

This website is not intended to provide legal advice as each situation is different and specific factual information must be obtained before an attorney is able to assess the legal questions relevant to your situation. To contact Attorney Kenneth L. LaBore, for a Free Consultation, please send an email to KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com or call Ken at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a pressure sore, bed sore or other type of neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member.

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