'Basically rotting alive': Family shocked by massive bedsore threatening man's life

For months, a bedsore silently formed on Bob Wilson's backside while he lay in a hospital bed in Burlington, Ont. Now the hospital has apologized and is investigating, but his family remains horrified and racked with guilt.
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e Beeby The ageing population has grown quickly in the last half century with increased longevity and declining birth rate. This presents challenges to health services and the wider society. This review paper considers different aspects (e.g., physical, mental, and social well-being) of healthy ageing and how health devices can help people to monitor health conditions, treat diseases and promote social interactions. Existing technologies for addressing non-physical (e.g., Alzheimer’s, loneliness) and physical (e.g., stroke, bedsores, and fall) related challenges are presented together with the drivers and con...
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Authors: Ouyang L, Dan Y, Shao Z, Yang S, Yang C, Liu G, Duan D Abstract Traumatic soft tissue defects such as bedsores, chronic skin ulcers, limb necrosis, osteonecrosis and other ischemic orthopedic diseases are the most clinically intractable and common problems in orthopedics due to unsatisfactory conventional treatments. The present study designed poly(ethylene glycol; PEG) hydrogels with covalently binded arginylglycylaspartic acid (RGD). Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) were encapsulated in the modified hydrogel along with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF)...
Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
A 44-year-old man, American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status class IV, presented for fulguration of anal condyloma and diverting colostomy. The patient’s medical history includes World Health Organization (WHO) class I pulmonary hypertension (PH), right heart failure, and bilateral lower extremity paralysis due to Pott’s disease. The patient was not a candidate for neuraxial anesthesia due to sacral decubitus ulcers, and alternative options to general anesthesia (GA) were considered to avoid the high risk of right ventricular (RV) failure and ensuing complications. The case was successfully performe...
Source: A&A Case Reports - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Case Reports Source Type: research
CMS has implemented a new quality measure for hospitals that expands the array of pressure injuries considered as adversely impacting quality care.  The new measure, developed in a program to provide electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), widens the scope of pressure injury stages that directly infer quality deficit.  The new measure however, bears no consideration for unavoidability of some pressure injuries even when recommended clinical practice guidelines for prevention have been followed.  According to CMS, the benefit of eCQMs is to assess the outcomes of treatment, reduce the burden of manual a...
Source: Jeffrey M. Levine MD | Geriatric Specialist | Wound Care | Pressure Ulcers - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Featured Medical Articles Geriatric Medicine Pressure Injuries & Wound Care Risk Management bedsores decubiti decubitus ulcer end-of-life care geriatrics Healthcare Quality hospital quality Improving Medical Care Jeff Levine MD J Source Type: blogs
[Daily Maverick] The man lying on the operating table has a bedsore much larger than my hand. It is slowly draining the life from him. Today this wound which has been ravaging his body for years will be treated by two plastic surgeons.
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Last year saw UK NHS payouts for bedsores reach a record £10.3million. But an extra £10.5million was also racked up in legal fees - bringing the total to around £400,000 a week.
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CONCLUSION: For nursing homes and general practitioners, homecare companies offer a welcome opportunity to meet the complex requirements of the care process while simultaneously saving their own resources. The financing of services from manufacturer discounts gives rise to fears that products with a higher cost margin will be preferentially used, thus counteracting the economic viability requirement for services provided by statutory healthcare insurance. PMID: 31501926 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Z Gerontol Geriatr Source Type: research
My new article in Wound Management &Prevention is a critical re-examination of terminal ulcer terminology.  In it I make the case for recognizing terminal ulcers as part of the spectrum of skin failure (and not necessarily heralding death) and used only in situations where patients are recognized as actively dying.  The article presents several reasons why terminal ulcer terminology should be used only in limited fashion.  These include the conflation of diagnosis and prognosis which are separate concepts, inaccuracy of prediction of death, advances in healthcare technology, variation in end-of-life traj...
Source: Jeffrey M. Levine MD | Geriatric Specialist | Wound Care | Pressure Ulcers - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: An Aging World Featured Medical Articles Geriatric Medicine Pressure Injuries & Wound Care Publications Risk Management bedsores decubiti decubitus ulcer end-of-life care geriatrics Healthcare Quality Jeff Levine MD Jeffrey M Lev Source Type: blogs
te;guez Salgado D Abstract When designing any rehabilitation, sportswear or exoskeleton device the mechanical behaviour of the body segment must be known, specifically the skin, because an excessive tissue strain may lead to ulceration and bedsores. To date, it is not known if the kinematic variability between subjects have an effect on the skin strain field, and therefore, in the design and manufacturing of rehabilitation products, such as orthoses. Several studies have analysed the skin deformation during human motion, nevertheless, the comparison between the skin strain field in different subjects during normal...
Source: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering - Category: Biomedical Engineering Authors: Tags: Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin Source Type: research
A 63-year-old woman presented to the hospital with a nontender, rapidly enlarging sacral ulcer. The patient reported she felt the wound while she was in the shower and was extremely alarmed by the size. She denied any preceding injury or medical or cosmetic procedures in the area. Her past medical history was significant for endometrial carcinoma, status post bilateral salpingo-oophrectomy, hysterectomy and pelvic radiation. She also reported a sacral fracture one year prior secondary to a fall.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
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