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Ultra sound assisted wound therapy – Using ultrasound to help debride deep wounds (bedsores) that have infections and impaired circulation.

Uncontrolled pain – Pain that cannot be controlled with drugs.

Unexplained bruises – Bruises that are on the body that the patient does not know or is unwilling to tell where they are from. For discussion of bruising in the nursing home context, look here.

United States Attorney – A federal district attorney appointed by the President to prosecute for all offenses committed against the United States; to prosecute or defend for the government all civil actions in which it is concerned and perform all duties of the district to which he/she is assigned.

United States Court of Appeals – Courts which hear appeals from federal district courts, bankruptcy courts, and tax courts.

United States Court of Claims – Court which hears actions against the U.S. Government.

United States Court of Military Appeals – Court which hears appeals from court marshal decisions.

United States District Courts – Courts which try both criminal and civil actions and admiralty cases.

United States Magistrate Judge – Courts given authority by 28 U.S.C. s 636. This court hears all preliminary criminal matters, but does not conduct felony trials, and any pretrial civil matters referred by the district court. If all parties consent, criminal misdemeanor and civil trials can be heard by this court.

United States Reports – Publication of court decisions of the United States Supreme Court.

United States Supreme Court – The highest court in the land, established by U.S. Constitution.

Unstageable – Full thickness loss of tissue where the base of the bedsore is covered by slough and/or eschar in the bed of the wound.  For more information on unstageable bed sores, look here.

Urinary tract infection – An infection that is in the urinary system that involves the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Click here for additional discussion of UTI’s in nursing home patients.

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