Recently, E Wills Legal Nurse LLC exhibited at a conference which dealt with the topics of nursing home and assisted living facilities litigations. A key portion of the agenda focused on concerns that arise out of the stay and care at such facilities which resulted in negative outcomes. Unfortunately, there remain many concerns surrounding the care at such facilities.
There is a familiar adage that states “it takes a village…”. That has not changed; it still takes a village, (family caregivers, the healthcare providers, the facilities, governing agencies, and healthcare lawmakers) to work together to make a difference in changing negative outcomes.
At the conference, E Wills Legal Nurse LLC focused on pressure ulcers and some of the methods and devices used to treat them. The term pressure ulcers have actually been changed to “pressure injuries”. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel made the change stating that the terminology more accurately describes pressure injuries to both intact and ulcerated skin.
Pressure injury is one of the costlier incidents that can occur in any health care setting. For the individual, it can cost increase in discomfort, prolong stay at the health care facility, disfigurement, decrease in the quality of life, infection, and possibly death. It is costly to the individual; it is costly to the healthcare institution.
We used the slogan “Somethings…you just can’t put a band-aid on” to emphasize the severity of treatment. A band-aid is not enough to treat and heal a pressure injury. The financial impact of treatment of a pressure injury is directly related to its severity. Severe injuries, along with its treatment and associated complications, can cost up to the billions of dollars annually to treat. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement reported the estimated annual cost for treating pressure injuries in the US is $11 billion.
E Wills Legal Nurse LLC displayed several models of buttocks on their table. The models were used to illustrate the differ
The picture on the left shows an attorney that attended the conference holding and pointing to one of the models. This model illustrated an injury that can result from prolong pressure to the bony prominence of the buttock.
The model that he is holding depicts a Stage 4 pressure injury. All the skin is gone; there is exposure of the under lying tissue, tendons, and bone.
If you have a client that has sustained a pressure related injury at a health care facility and there are questions, allow us to review the care.
Do you have questions as whether the standards of care were followed, if so, allow us to review the medical information?
If there are questions related to actions taken to prevent the pressure related injury, allow us to analyze and evaluate the medical documents.
“Somethings…you just can’t put a band-aid on”!