27,000 Deaths due to Bed Sore Related Infections in 2010
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27,000 deaths due to bed sore related infections in 2010
Recent studies have highlighted the potential risk patients are facing when they enter the doors of NHS hospitals, as over half of all serious accidents that happen in hospital involve conditions which are avoidable.
40% of NHS Negligence is caused by Bed Sores
- The BBC tonight recently conducted a study which claims that over 40% of serious accidents caused by negligence of the NHS are due to pressure ulcers, more commonly known as bed sores.
What are Bed Sores?
Bed sores are generated when pressure restricts the blood supply to the skin, which can be caused due to lack of mobility either after operations or due to patient’s old age. Our blood contains oxygen and other nutrients needed to keep our body tissues healthy, and without a constant supply of blood, our skin tissues will eventually perish.
95% of the time bed sores are actually preventable
Despite bed sores ultimately consisting of almost half of accidental deaths in hospitals, the NHS claims that they are preventable. Which begs the question, why is no one doing anything to prevent this from happening?
It has been found that bed sores are thought to affect 412,000 patients annually, and in 2010 more than 27,000 people died with bed sore infected wounds.
How can the NHS help to decrease the number of cases?
- Invest in machinery which would make it easier to move patients
- Increase the volume of staff working in the NHS hospitals
- Capitalize on unconventional methods such as electric pants
BBC News reported on the revolutionary idea which was founded by researchers of the University of Calgary, regarding providing patients with electric pants; which are said to jolt the buttocks in order to prevent bed sores. As bed sores are said to cost the NHS up to two billion pounds a year, and fatalities resulting from bed sores or infected wounds has increased by more than 50% over the past decade it is critical that the NHS work on a solution to the current issue.
Robyn Rogers, a research nurse at the University of Calgary said to BBC News: "Pressure ulcers can be terribly debilitating, and our hope is that this innovative, clinically friendly system will eventually make a difference in the lives of millions of people."
However, following simple tips to protect patients from bed sores can be easier said than done, as they are more often than not generated through patient’s lack of movement and ability to care for themselves. Stated on Drugs.com, there are four ways in which the NHS can prevent the increase in deaths due to bed sores, these are as follows:
- Keep patients clean and dry
- Protect the skin over bony areas
- Change wet bedding and clothing often
- Eat healthy foods
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