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Bed Sore (Definition)

A bed sore is an injury to the skin, and tissues beneath the skin, caused by pressure. They can range from a stage one pressure sore (tender, red and does not blanch) to stage four (an open wound extending down to the bone). Early stage pressure sores can respond to off-loading, while deep ulcers require debridement, dressing ...Read more


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What is the best treatment for a severe pressure sore?

What is the best treatment for a severe pressure sore?

Wound care specialis: See a wound care specialist or center because pressure sores may require a multi-disciplinary team to enhance nutrition, control contributing systemic or local disease, institute physical therapy, recommend appropriate medical regimens or treatment protocols including possible surgery. ...Read more

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What are the different treatments for decubitus ulcer or pressure sore?

What are the different treatments for decubitus ulcer or pressure sore?

It depends: The best treatment is prevention by relieving pressure which can also help heal early ulcers. If there is significant necrotic tissue or the ulcer is quite large/deep, surgical debridement and closure may be performed. Infections and other problems which delay healing (tobacco, poor nutrition, diabetes)need to be controlled with appropriate treatments as well for best results. ...Read more

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How do I cure pressure sores aka "bed sores"?

How do I cure pressure sores aka "bed sores"?

Bedsores: Bedsores are due to pressure over bony prominences. The best way to prevent bedsores, once they occur, is to keep pressure of these areas. That means that you need to constantly move the person into different positions to relieve the pressure. Seeking professional help like with a wound center is a great option since depending on the depth, stage and location of the uler, your options will differ. ...Read more

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What's an effective medication for pressure sores?

What's an effective medication for pressure sores?

Pressure relief!: Pressure sores require relief of pressure--offloading at least 10 minutes every 2 hours. Once pressure necrosis occurs, however, treatment requires debridement of dead tissue, wound care to avoid or treat infection if present, and a moist environment to assist healing. Numerous medications, gels, and pastes exist, but none are magic. Some silver compounds help minimize bacteria; fecal soilage bad! ...Read more

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When is treatment appropriate for pressure sores?

When is treatment appropriate for pressure sores?

RX pressure ulcer: At any stage, a treatment plan is needed. But direct observation of the wound is absolutely necessary to answer this question. Minimize the pressure, debride the devitalized tissue from the wound, use clean products in or on the wound, and careful followup by wound care professionals either in a wound center or by home health nursing is vital. ...Read more

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Has any medication been proven more effective as treatment for normal pressure hydrocephalus?

Has any medication been proven more effective as treatment for normal pressure hydrocephalus?

NPH Drug Treatment: No definitive evidence exists that medication can successfully treat nph. Parkinson drugs have been reported to be of benefit in anecdotal reports, these patients with nph may represent misdiagnosed cases of parkinsonism. In patients who are poor candidates for shunt surgery, repeated lumbar punctures in combination with diuretics may be considered. ...Read more

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Where can you get pressure sores?

Where can you get pressure sores?

Dependent areas: Pressure sores can occur on the buttocks, heel of the foot and rarely on the back of the head in a bed bound person. ...Read more

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Could young people get pressure sores?

Could young people get pressure sores?

Of course: Pressure sores often occur in patients with spinal cord injuries or neurological disorders. These can affects people of any age. ...Read more

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Do you only get pressure sores from lying in bed?

Do you only get pressure sores from lying in bed?

No: 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.). ...Read more

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What should you do if you get pressure sores from a mask?

What should you do if you get pressure sores from a mask?

Mask sores: You can get sores from medical devices as you have found out. There are many skin protectants and cushions available on the market to try to prevent this type of injury. A visit with a wound center and or wound and ostomy nurse may be a worthwhile pursuit. If the device has a well known manufacturer, then contacting the company is also worthwhile to see what they recommend, including a different d. ...Read more

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Can pressure sores cause cancer?

Pressure sores: A small percentage of chronic ulcers can become cancerous, but this is unusual and especially so for pressure ulcerations. Any wound that has been present for a long time that has not responded to usual forms of treatment by trained wound professionals can be considered for biopsy to be read by a trained pathologist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to leave pressure sores uncovered in the elderly ?

Is it safe to leave pressure sores uncovered in the elderly ?

Pressure Sores: This can be a little tricky. There are six categories of pressure ulcers: stages 1, 2, 3, 4, unable to stage and deep tissue injury. There are a pressure injuries that do not necessarily need to be covered. For example, a stage 1 ulcer does not have a break in the skin and can be left uncovered in many cases. Some ulcers are left uncovered because of location but have protective creams applied. ...Read more

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Do risk assessment tools prevent pressure sores?

No, they assess risk: They can be a good resource for planning care of a susceptible patient to avoid pressure sores, but the only way to prevent pressure sores is to avoid prolonged pressure, especially over bony prominences and to be hypervigilant in examining areas daily that are prone to these sores. ...Read more

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Do risk assessment tools really prevent pressure sores?

Do risk assessment tools really prevent pressure sores?

No: They are tool to help you assess the patient's risk to develop the ulcers. They are not preventative. ...Read more

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My dad has a feeding tube and is having trouble getting his pressure sores to heal. Are the two related?

My dad has a feeding tube and is having trouble getting his pressure sores to heal. Are the two related?

Possibly: Adequate nutrition is essential to heal any kind of wound. That your father has a feeding tube implies that he needs more nutrition than he can get by feeding himself. That said, it is also essential to keep pressure off the pressure sore to promote healing. Some pressure sores are deep enough that they will never heal without a surgical procedure, but adequate nutrition is necessary to heal that. ...Read more

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How big can pressure sores get? I have never seen a pressure sore. How large are they capable of getting? .

Very Large.: Pressure sores left untreated, can become extremely large. For example, I have seen pressure ulcers that span the entire width of the patient's back, sacrum, or buttuck areas. ...Read more

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Can i get pressure sores from a desk job? Is it possible to develop pressure sores from sitting all day at a desk and barely getting up? .

Can i get pressure sores from a desk job? Is it possible to develop pressure sores from sitting all day at a desk and barely getting up?

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Not likely: While anything is possible, pressure sores usually occur in people who either have impaired sensation in the area in question, are unable to move due to paralysis or impaired consciousness, or some combination of both. If you have normal sensation in your legs and buttocks and are not paralyzed or unconscious you are not likely to develop pressure sores. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Pressure Sores (Definition)

Pressure sores = Bed sored = Injury to skin & deeper tissues due to prolonged ...Read more