In 2014 Mr G suffered a serious stroke, leaving him effectively paralysed down his right hand side. He was initially treated on a specialist stroke ward before being discharged to a nursing home but a few weeks after his discharge Mr G developed an infection and required readmission to hospital.
On this occasion he was admitted to an elderly care ward, rather than the stroke ward he had been on previously and the nursing care he received left much to be desired. While previously Mr G had been regularly repositioned while on the stroke ward to prevent the development of pressure sores, on the elderly care ward he was left lying in one position for long periods of time.
This lack of care resulted in 2 pressure sores developing on Mr G’s heels. Once they have been allowed to develop pressure sores can take a very long time to heal and they can be extremely painful. Sadly Mr G passed away a few months later.
Mr G’s family asked us if anything could be done about the treatment he had received. After investigating his treatment, we wrote to the hospital and put our allegations to them that it was substandard for to have failed to put adequate measures in place, such as a pressure relieving mattress or a system of positional changes, to prevent the development of Mr G’s pressure sores.
In their response the hospital admitted that they had failed to provide Mr G with an adequate level of care and made an offer to settle the claim, which was accepted by Mr G’s family.
Pressure sores continue to be a significant problem. They can delay someone’s recovery and prolong hospital stay. The healing process can be lengthy and they have a huge social cost. Even once healed, the after effects can be debilitating and in some cases pressure sores can prove fatal.
If you or anyone you know has suffered pressure damage as a result of poor nursing care please get in touch with us to see how we can help you.
Dan Richardson – October 2016