Why are Patients Recovering From a Hip Fracture Susceptible to Develop Pressure Ulcers?

By Nursing Home Law Center

Hip Fracture

Almost 45% of patients recovering from a hip fracture will develop some type of pressure ulcer (similarly referred to as: bed sore, pressure sore or decubitus ulcer) during their recovery.

The primary areas where patients recovering from a hip fracture develop pressure ulcers are on their hips (usually the non-operated side) and their heels.

There may be several explanations why patients with hip fractures may develop pressure ulcers, but studies consistently point towards immobility and the lack of preventative measures implemented by medical personnel.

Pressure ulcers on the heels can develop in patients with hip fractures due to the fact that there can be decreased circulation in the legs following a fracture and surgery. Additionally, many patients recovering from a hip fracture may be administered pain medications that limit their ability to perceived pressure in the area.

Medical facilities including nursing homes and hospitals, should be aware of the risks associated with the development of pressure sores in this particular group of patients and implement care accordingly. Regular body scans in use of pressure relieving boots are just several measure facilities can take to minimize a patients risk of developing pressure ulcers on their heels.


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