Pressure Ulcer does not equal Poor Care
Often times when patients develop a pressure ulcer, the first question asked is, “How did this happen?” And the next question of course is, “Whose fault is it?” or “Where did this happen?” Unfortunately the blame game doesn’t help heal the wounds. The truth is that patients develop pressure ulcers as a result of a variety of factors, when there is a breakdown in patient health. Although poor care such as lack of turning and repositioning may be a contributor, most nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes work hard to prevent these ulcers on top of all their other responsibilities. Most patients who develop pressure ulcers have multiple medical problems as well as difficulty getting out of bed. Healthy ambulatory patients do not develop pressure ulcers. The problem with the blame game embarrasses frontline health care professionals, and the pressure ulcers are not brought to light until they worsen. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news to patient family’s, or their supervisor. Hospitals and nursing homes do not want the stigma that the wound developed on their premises. Unfortunately society at large and the medical community continue to automatically associate a pressure ulcer with poor care. These wounds should no longer be solely associated as poor care, at Skilled Wound Care we work to understand the nature and etiology of these wounds on every visit. We believe these wounds should be re-termed chronic wounds. If you agree with our movement. Please follow us and spread the word. Call our offices at (310) 445-5999 for a free Pressure Ulcer ≠ Poor Care pin.