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An NHS trust in Wales has received an award nomination for its stance of zero tolerance of bed sores, which can sometimes lead to hospital negligence claims being made.
Pressure sores, also referred to as pressure ulcers or bed sores, are a preventable cause of compensation claims during stays in hospital, but can be seen more often in patients who have limited mobility. Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUHB), in partnership with the Welsh Risk Pool (WRP), implemented a zero tolerance policy, which has seen a 29% reduction in sores which can lead to pressure sore compensation claims being made against a hospital.
Senior tissue viability nurse at Karen Kimberley said
“Pressure ulcers can cause untold harm to patients, through pain, discomfort, delay in rehabilitation and prolonged admissions. The burden on healthcare is also considerable, in terms of financial cost and delays in recovery and discharge.”
The study by the partnership of SBUHB and WRP had the following aims:
The results of the study will now be shared across the Welsh NHS.
The NHS Wales Award will be announced on September 19th at a ceremony in Cardiff.
If you have developed a pressure sore during a stay in hospital, you may be eligible to make a bed sore claim. Contact one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors to get free initial advice.