When you hear the term pressure injury, an elderly person in a nursing home suffering from bedsores may automatically come to mind. However, pressure injuries frequently occur in babies and children as well. A baby or child with a medical condition that restricts their mobility, such as spina bifida, a spinal cord injury, or a neurological impairment, among other conditions, can be susceptible to a pressure injury.
In addition to bedsores, a pressure injury may also be referred as a pressure ulcer or a pressure sore. A pressure injury may first appear as a red or blue area, a break in the skin, or a blister. With careful management, pressure injuries are preventable. When you can predict a patient’s propensity for an injury of this kind, you are one step ahead.
The two critical determinants of pressure ulcers are pressure and tissue tolerance. A new tool can help to accurately identify at-risk patients. The Braden Q Scale, which was adapted for use in pediatric patients from three weeks to eight years of age, considers intrinsic and extrinsic factors when assessing a patient’s tissue tolerance. Any child who is vulnerable to a pressure injury should be properly evaluated by their physician. When pressure injuries are not monitored and properly treated, they can lead to severe infection and possible fatality.
If your child has suffered a pressure injury or any other medical error, call the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout the state.