Bed Sores in Hospitals cost NHS £4BN per year and claim nearly as many lives as MRSA

The statistics were drawn up by NHS standards watchdog Dr Foster after a survey of 150 hospitals.

Bedsores hit 412,000 NHS patients a year and the latest figures show they killed 4,708 people between 2003 and 2008 close to the MRSA death-toll.

The worst hospitals names and shamed in the report are shown below:

1. Warrington and Halton Hospital Trust, Cheshire

2. Medway Trust, Kent

3. Southend University Hospital Trust, Essex

4. Royal Bolton Hospital, Greater Manchester

5. West Herts Trust

6. Luton and Dunstable Hospital Trust

7. West Suffolk Hospitals Trust

8. Northern Devon Healthcare Trust

9. George Eliot Hospital Trust, Warwickshire

10. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

The worst hospitals were found to have 4 times the national average of bed sores.

Bed sores aka pressure ulcers typically occur when elderly or immobile hospitalised patients are not regularly turned or given special mattresses – typically alternating air flow mattresses. Health chiefs have warned that the cost of treating the sufferers is consuming 4% of the entire NHS budget.

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