According to the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade (LHSG) report, there are thousands of people that die each year as a result of bedsores. In light of this, LHSG rated hospitals based on frequent incidents of life-threatening bedsores developing in patients. Coney Island Hospital had the worst rating in the United States with 1.35 patients in every 1,000 patients discharged having a life-threatening bedsore.
According to the study, the following are the hospitals with the poorest ratings in New York State due to dangerous bedsores:
|Hospital||Dangerous Bedsore Rating|
|Brookdale Hospital Medical Center||5.33 times the national average|
|SUNY Downstate (Brooklyn)||4.4 times the national average|
|NYC Health Hospitals Kings County||3.5 times the national average|
|New York Presbyterian (Brooklyn)||3.3 times the national average|
|Mt. Sinai (Brooklyn)||3 times the national average|
|Staten Island University Hospital (Northwell)||1.4 times the national average|
Oftentimes, bedsores or pressure wounds develop in patients that are stationary for extended periods of time, due to a lack of blood flow to a specific area of the body. Unfortunately, bedsores are one of the first signs of neglect. Bedsores are usually located in the following areas:
The constant pressure placed on these areas constricts blood flow and causes a wound, which may expose muscle and bone. These wounds can lead to a life-threatening infection if it is not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
Bedsores can be avoided if a patient is moved regularly, cleaned properly, has his or garments changed frequently, and receives a balanced diet. Unfortunately for many patients in an institutionalized setting, bedsores are a common occurrence as a result of improper care.
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