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Can you tell me more about pressure sores on paraplegics?

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Dr. Milton Mintz
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Pressure sores: Are caused in the main by the patient remaining in one position whether in bed or wheelchair. There are special mattresses that can be purchased, ; pillow special for wheelchairs-- i encourage my bedbound pt to have caretakers r from side to side ; do their best to stay off areas of pressure.
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 34 years experience
Immobility: Anyone that does not move will develop a pressure ulcer. Certain people are more predisposed then others to develop them at boney prominences. These include anyone that can't move, the elderly, undernourished. Causes include pressure, friction, moisture and shearing forces. Risks include incontinence, immobility, age, dementia and poor circulation.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me more about "pressure sores" and if so who gets them?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
No pressure, no sore: That sounds simple, but i know that it is not. Avoidance of pressure sores requires constant vigilance on the part of caregivers for patients with spinal cord injuries or neurological disorders. A good rule of thumb is to avoid pressure on any one skin area for more than two hours. It takes constant good "nursing" care, but pressure sores are not inevitable. Good luck!

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