Bed and/or Chair Rest + Neglect = Bedsores

Brian A. Raphan (Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Brian A. Raphan, P.C.)

Any time a patient is confined to a bed or chair for a period of time and not provided proper and adequate care, the risk of pressure ulcers increases.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) defines a pressure ulcer as a “localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear.” Illustrations of the stages of pressure ulcers are shown below: Continue reading “Bed and/or Chair Rest + Neglect = Bedsores”