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Do you only get pressure sores from lying in bed?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack answered

Specializes in Wound care

There are many other causes of pressure injuries in addition to those caused by lying in bed. Obese patients can develop pressure sores under their abdominal folds (pannus) for example. Medical devices cause pressure ulcers often also: oxygen tubing around ears, prosthetics that do not fit well, irritation from casts, are several examples. Remember, there are many risk factors for pressure injury.

Answered Sep 28, 2016

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Dr. Barry Press answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Pressure sores can occur anywhere there is unrelieved pressure. People who are bedbound generally will get them over the sacrum and the backs of the heels. People who are wheelchair bound and don't care for themselves adequately get them over the ischium (the sit-bones.) lying on one's side for too long can cause them over the greater trochanter (outside of the upper thigh.).

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Dr. John Di Saia answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Any pressure can cause a sore, but it often is sitting or lying that is causative.

Answered Nov 15, 2012

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