Medical Facilities are not Doing Enough to Prevent Pressure Ulcers on Patients’ Heels

By Nursing Home Law Center

Medical Facilities Bedsore Prevention

The physical make up of the foot also makes the treatment of heel pressure sores difficult for the facility and particularly disabling for the patient. The calcaneus is the largest bone in the foot, yet covered be relatively little muscle making it particularly susceptible to damage from unrelieved pressure.

Even relatively young and healthy patients in nursing homes and hospitals are at risk for developing pressure sores on their heels because many staff in nursing homes and hospitals are simply unaware of the potential risk and commonly used bed sore risk assessments may not take into consideration elements unique to heel pressure sores.

In particular, patients with suffering from hip and leg fractures are at risk, along with patients in intensive care who may have compromised blood pressure due to trauma are at an increased risk for developing pressure sores on the heels. Facilities need to be focused on these groups of patients — and any patient with limited mobility, as they remain at risk for developing heel, foot and ankle pressure ulcers.

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