Isle of Wight NHS Trust – rise in patients suffering from pressure sores

The number of patients suffering from pressure sores in the Isle of Wight (or pressure ulcers as they are sometimes referred to) is increasing according to recent figures. According to the Isle of Wight County Press, the number of patients being treated in St Mary’s Hospital who developed the condition increased towards the end of last year.

There was nearly a 1.3% increase in the number of patients developing bed sores from September to October in 2012 and the number of bed sores considered to be serious increased by nearly 0.3% over the same period.

Pressure sores cause sufferers excruciating pain and the condition can be unbearably uncomfortable. However, it is believed that no patient should have to suffer from the condition as many people believe that all pressure sores can be avoided if the necessary steps are taken. The number of cases of pressure sores in hospitals and care homes is unacceptably high and it is time for medical professionals to take the problem more seriously.

In order to combat the increase in pressure sores amongst patients, healthcare workers must carry out regular risk assessments and draw up care plans which account for the risks identified. If there is any equipment such as mattresses which reduce the pressure on the skin, these should be purchases and distributed accordingly.

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