Basildon Hospital praised for its bedsores figures

Echo: Hospital praised for its bedsores figures Hospital praised for its bedsores figures

BASILDON Hospital’s patients suffered the smallest number of bedsores of any hospital in the whole country, figures suggest.

Bedsores, otherwise known as pressure ulcers, flare up when skin is put under pressure, often when bed-bound patients are not moved often enough.

However, figures from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers showed the number of hospital acquired ulcers recorded last year was just 50, with none of them considered critical.

This is unusual, as nationally, about 12 per cent of ulcers were found to have deteriorated to a critical level.

Jonathan Wheeler, vice president of the association, said: “I praise the efforts of Basildon Hospital, but not all areas are so fortunate.

Early identification and treatment should ensure pressure ulcers do not reach the critical point.

“All pressure ulcers are painful, but far too many in other areas of the country are being allowed to develop to levels that will cause serious pain and distress and take considerable time and resources to heal.”

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1:20pm Tue 1 Jul 14

w-jback says...

is it because you die before you get the chance to develop them?
is it because you die before you get the chance to develop them? w-jback
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2:18pm Tue 1 Jul 14

craiggoldenfarb says...

I, too, side with the Association on this opinion. Far too often, we hear very little good news about a hospital that actually ADDRESSES the risk of bedsores in their facilities, resulting in a decline in the numbers of patients and their families affected. Bedsores aren't a joke - they can be fatal. Bedsores are also entirely avoidable with the application of good care and attention to the patient.
As a bedsore lawyer in West Palm Beach, I know our areas hospitals and ALFs are not quite as active in bedsore prevention as Basildon. We wish they were.
I, too, side with the Association on this opinion. Far too often, we hear very little good news about a hospital that actually ADDRESSES the risk of bedsores in their facilities, resulting in a decline in the numbers of patients and their families affected. Bedsores aren't a joke - they can be fatal. Bedsores are also entirely avoidable with the application of good care and attention to the patient. As a bedsore lawyer in West Palm Beach, I know our areas hospitals and ALFs are not quite as active in bedsore prevention as Basildon. We wish they were. craiggoldenfarb
  • Score: 5

4:12pm Tue 1 Jul 14

runwellian says...

In my days a as nurse I would have got the sack if any of my patients developed bed sores, oh how things have changed!
In my days a as nurse I would have got the sack if any of my patients developed bed sores, oh how things have changed! runwellian
  • Score: 5

4:19pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Idontknowy says...

Same here Runwellian
Same here Runwellian Idontknowy
  • Score: 1

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